“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
There is a story about a young man who’s freezing on the side of the road in Alaska. He is hitching for a ride to Miami. He’s so cold he can barely hold up his handmade sign. After a long wait, a friendly truck driver stops and says, “I’m not going to Miami, but I am going as far as Fort Lauderdale.”
Dejectedly, the young man says, “Oh,” and turns the ride down.
I love this story because I can see in my own life where I have waited for ‘perfect.’ I convinced myself that my ideas or plans in life were the only way, and I wasn’t settling for anything less. The problem I experienced in this mindset, was that I missed wonderful opportunities that helped me grow and led me to my dreams.
The ‘perfection’ trap kept my mind locked up, and blocked the signs and synchronicity of the universe. Once I let go of how it arrived or when, it came to me in the most unexpected ways and the timing was always right.
Trusting in this process, I use much less energy trying to do it ‘my way’ and life definitely has a much greater plan than the one I imagine.