There’s a wedding coming up, former procrastinators. In addition to the joy of celebrating, there’s the opportunity to be together with family and friends we seldom see. The folks coming into town want to see our house and we’re eager to share with them. There’s something about being able to picture your loved ones in their surroundings.
We’re thrilled they’re coming! We’d like to be completely moved in and have the house decorated. I have accepted that will not be. We’ve worked so hard and continuously the neighbors have even commented. But we cannot do it all. There may be no dining table and our mattress may still be on the floor (move damages). That’s ok. I’m not putting off peace over it.
I’ve decided family can see where we are and what we have done. For the rest, they can see the potential – and I will rest in that.
The biggest thing is being together. What good would it be if the house were perfect and I were too exhausted to enjoy our visitors? Which is my delight – a picture perfect house or the hearts of those who come to be with us?
Webster says perfectionism is a personal philosophy demanding everything be carried through to completion in every detail. That’s a heavy weight. In this case I ask, what fun is that? Nothing left to work on would leave me disappointed. No room for improvement would be a bit boring. The cost is too high and I have other priorities.
I can be content and at the same time open to improvement. I can relax and enjoy my surroundings. Impressing others with a perfect house doesn’t measure up to sharing hearts in a welcoming home.
Isn’t that a relief?
What can you decide to rest about that will help you enjoy and welcome others?