this morning i was up early [for me] so i could go for a run before we head to the beach. while cooling down i was catching up on the blogs i follow, and i came across this anne lamott quote - posted by candace:
"I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it."
for one such as myself who tends toward perfectionism, this is an important reminder. sometimes you need a bit of reckless abandon to remember what the fullness of anything feels like. it's far too simple to worry about everything, and worry gets you nowhere but sleep-deprived.
after reading the above quote i went in search of more anne lamott quotes. she happens to be one of my favorite writers because she challenges the paradigm of what it means to be saved by grace, and where that grace "should" lead. [i digress -- this is a whole other discussion]
in any case, i found a handful of other quotes by her, but none hit me so hard as this one:
"I do not understand the mystery of grace -- only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us."
there are a lot of things in this world that do not make any sense.
i for one, am extremely grateful that grace is one of them.
happy early weekend!