About being enough

This post was written by Megan on February 29, 2012
Posted Under: burnout and anxiety,burnout and depression,burnout and stress management

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I don't know whether it is actually about perfectionism. I think my problem is a constant dark hum that's under the surface – a hum about whether I'm 'enough'. That is, not feeling valuable to others.

It would be nice not to worry about these things at all. Apparently there are people out there who not only don't worry about it, they don't even THINK about it.

While scrawling out my three pages of ramble this morning (a practice more respectfully known as Morning Pages: stream-of-conscious writing) the following words came out to greet me:

Breathe, stick to the plan until a better idea comes along, give yourself some compassion.


Sounded like good advice. I suppose it's easier to feel 'enough' for others if you:

  1. are breathing (rather than hyperventilating)
  2. focus on what you are doing, instead of worrying
  3. can give some compassion because you have a good slab for yourself


Not long after the morning pages stint, I opened up my computer to find a message from a friend. She had emailed me a quote from Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron:

Don’t worry about achieving. Don’t worry about perfection. Just be there each moment as best you can. When you realize you’ve wandered off again, simply very lightly acknowledge that. This light touch is the golden key to reuniting with our openness.


This post was written by Megan Hills. Megan is a writer and cartoonist who is conscious that she should have spent more time on this post.  Find out more about Megan

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