Think about the idea of carving a duck by taking a block of wood and shaving away everything that doesn't look like a duck and consider this: The perfect duck is already inside that block of wood. When you think of carving away all of those little imperfections that you observe in yourself, remember this: The perfect you already exists. It is the very core of your being. Isn't that a wonderful thought? All of the love and joy and patience and kindness and the other good stuff is there -- it is the very essence of you. As you carve away impatience and bitterness and all of the other stuff, your goodness manifests itself naturally. You are engineered for success and happiness, so relax and enjoy the ride.
Here is a major, major consideration. You will not be always be perfect, so cut yourself some slack and know you're going to blow it once in a while. When you fall short of your expectations, observe your behavior without judgment, congratulate yourself for being a member of the human race, then mentally rehearse how you will handle similar situations in the future and get back on track. If you feel obligated to beat yourself up a little bit, allow 30 seconds to two minutes to do so, then move on.
When you find that your challenge is not to be perfect, but to strive to improve as you grow through life, you will feel yourself growing by leaps and bounds.
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Your assignment for the week is to quit beating yourself up and to realize that "the perfect duck" already exists.