Last week, I was delighted to see a new post from one of my favorite downshifting bloggers MrWoodpecker on A Good Day To Live. He raised a very important issue that I have also been struggling with for a while:
At what point does the quest for “self-optimization” cease to be positive and helpful, and start to feel like we’re constantly beating ourselves up?
When are we finally GOOD ENOUGH?
Are we there yet?
How did we cross the line from personal growth and self-improvement to addiction?
It’s easy to get hung up on fixing what we think is “wrong” with ourselves and our lives:
- Save even more money (another one of my addictions)!
- Eat healthier!
- Work out for an hour every day!
- Maximize efficiency!
- Squeeze the most out of every minute, every hour, every day!
Oh, the guilt! Why can’t we just be happy and enjoy the here and now, just as we are? As MrWoodpecker advises, remember the middle way. It’s all about BALANCE, my friends. We can still grow and improve, but every once in a while it’s important to look back at how far we’ve come, and be thankful for where we are now. Remember how very, very lucky we are to even have the time and capacity to worry about these kinds of things.
Relax! We’re doing great.