Sunday thoughts #34: Perfectionism vs. self-compassion

images-272Perfectionism never happens in a vacuum.  It touches everyone around us.  We pass it down to our children, we The Perfectionist's Guide to Results (Lo)infect our workplace with impossible expectations, and it’s suffocating for our friends and families.  Thankfully, compassion also spreads quickly.  When we’re kind to ourselves, we create a reservoir of compassion that we can extend to others.  Our children learn how to be self-compassionate by watching us, and the people around us feel free to be authentic and connected.

-Brené Brown

Published by nash

I am curious about everyone and everything, know a lot about some things, a little about others, nothing about still others. I've got roughly half my life to go, and I want it to count, and be damn fun, too. I want to leave the world better than I found it, and grow and change myself in the process.

2 thoughts on “Sunday thoughts #34: Perfectionism vs. self-compassion

  1. Self-compassion is something I’ve only learned in the last decade or so. I used to think it was a synonym for “selfish”. It’s not. It’s about not beating ourselves up for our human failings. And it has profound implications for the second greatest commandment – love your neighbor as yourself. Having self compassion increases our capacity to have compassion for others.

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