With a trend in mindfulness becoming a popular practice, my hope is that perfectionism will begin to decline. When the perfectionist is continually critiquing their past performances and conversations or worrying about future activities or commitments, they are not living mindfully in the moment. Letting go of perfection allows us to live in the present and to be mindful of what’s in front of us.
This past August 28th, my husband Jeff and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. For our anniversary getaway, we were headed to Munising, Michigan to kayak along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and explore other sites in the Upper Penninsula. With Jeff behind the wheel and a five hour drive ahead of us, I began contemplating how we had arrived at this milestone anniversary. In a world of marital discord, this suddenly felt like quite an accomplishment.