Showing Up Human

I used to think I had to be perfect.  Wake up every day and bring my A-game.  The bar was set so high, I always fell short.  All that did was create stress.

I used to think I had to have a plan.  A plan for this and that.  My days were so planned there was no slack.  I was obsessed with the tactics I could not see the forest for the trees.  All that did was make me rigid.

Now, I know the following:

  • I will never be perfect, so stop striving for perfection.  Allow myself to be human.
  • The plan has already been laid out for me and it involves grace.  Accept it, embrace it and extend it to others.
  • Be grateful for every new day and show up for someone else.  Show up and keep showing up.
  • Be loose, not tight.  Leave room for creativity and innovation.  Allow slack for peace of mind.  Create space for surprise.
  • Don’t personalize, be personal.
  • A map has been given to me.  Use it.  It shows me where to walk and how to stay on the path.  It also shows me how to get back on the path when I stray off it, and I know I will because I’m imperfectly human.

The goal for machines can be quality.  The goal for people should be humanity.  It’s what sets us apart from everything else.  It’s our competitive advantage and allows for kindness, improvisation and connection.

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