Self Improvement Anyone? (Or Do We Really Need To Be Fixed?)

inspirational words - window boxThere is a proliferation of self improvement products and services in the marketplace these days. Courses, workshops, books, e-books, classes, teleclasses, videos, audio tapes, CD’s, DVD’s etc. And there appears to be more coming all of the time.

Some people go from one book to another, one workshop to another, one guru to another, in an never ending attempt to be fixed, hoping to some day get it right, to ultimately uncover the secret to all things from happiness, enlightenment, success and everything in between.

So many of us are left disillusioned, discouraged and defeated, feeling worse than when we started, frustrated and even saddened that none of this stuff seems to really work for us in a big enough way that makes us feel victorious or even good about ourselves.

But what if we never needed to be fixed in the first place. What if we are simply perfect just the way we are and we need only to recognize that truth and allow that perfection room to shine its own light. After all, how can one ever improve upon perfection? It simply cannot be done and it is senseless to even try.

Reminds me of digging for diamonds. When they are first uncovered they probably don’t look much like the beautiful treasures that they are. But once cleaned and polished, there is no doubting their intrinsic value and immense worth.

We see the same thing in nature, the absolute perfection and connection of it all. Trees don’t strive to be better, they stand tall and free, feeling deeply grounded to the earth, knowing that they will always be taken care of and offering their gifts to a myriad of delightful little creatures that they encounter every day. Flowers don’t struggle to be beautiful, they just are. They don’t agonize over their tiny imperfections, they celebrate them. Plants don’t have self esteem issues, they are too busy living and growing and moving forward to have any time to do that. Birds don’t worry about self improvement and bees don’t let what other people think about them or what is possible get in their own way. If they did, they would never be able to fly.

Perhaps it is time to just let go of all this self improvement, all this fixing, and just BE, the beautiful, wonderful, amazingly delicious creatures that we already are. Perhaps in the letting go, the knowing comes, and in the knowing, the miracles spring forth. Perhaps?

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  1. Susan Bonfiglio’s avatar

    I resonated so much with this blog post. You are so right. We live our lives on the assumption that there is something wrong with us, needing to be fixed (and fixed quickly, preferably with better living through chemistry).

    When in fact, we are perfect the way we are. We have the answers we need inside of us. We may chose to find someone to help us express that perfection or make connections but they are already here. We are not flawed.

    When we come from that perspective, we can truly begin to live out our purpose and that shifts everything.

  2. Melodie’s avatar

    We have to learn to love and accept ourselves exactly as we are. We have all been conditioned to beleive that we are less than who we are.
    I began by just liking myself. I said the words everyday : “I like myself.”
    Now every day I look in the mirror and say : “I love and accept you just as you are.” Our self-talk can be our own worst enemy or our best friend. I
    choose to have myself as my best friend and those around me who are of like mind. Self help is good for guidance or direction perhaps but why would we want to fix something that is not broken(?) We are what we think we are. Whatever we think we bring to our reality. When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change……

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