Friday, December 10, 2010


Photo credit: Cassandra Batson

When I read someone else's words that help me through my day, lift me, inspire me, I am always grateful. The power of ideas being put together with individual words that mean little or nothing on their own carry meaning that elevates.

Friend, don’t be a perfectionist.

Perfectionism is a curse and a strain.

For you tremble lest you miss the bull’s-eye.

You are perfect if you let be.

Friend, don’t be afraid of mistakes.

Mistakes are not sins.

Mistakes are ways of doing something different,

Perhaps creatively new.

Friend, don’t be sorry for your mistakes.

Be proud of them.

You had the courage to give something of yourself.

It takes years to be centered; it takes more years

to understand and to be now.

Until then, beware of both extremes,

perfectionism as well as instant cure, instant joy, instant sensory awareness.

Until then, beware of any helpers.

Helpers are con-men who promise something for nothing.

They spoil you and keep you dependent and immature.

Frederick S. Perls

Photo credit: Cassandra Batson

Swedish Lullaby
Children's Choir of Portsmouth (Rhode Island)
Grades 3 - 8

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