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Diving Into A Sea of Books–How to be an Imperfectionist

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As an avid reader, I get excited about the great number of books out there to read, either for entertainment, education, inspiration or with some books, all three. The quantity available in print, audio, and e-books reminds me of the vast amount of life in the oceans, so I call these book reviews “Diving Into A Sea of Books”. As with diving into an ocean looking for interesting objects, diving into books means you come across mixed results: over here, a book you don’t bother to finish, over there, a “treasure”–one that you like so much you can’t wait to reread it, and over there, a book you read and think, “Meh”.

How to be an Imperfectionist by Stephen Guise goes much deeper into perfectionism than I thought it would. Mr. Guise refers to studies by researchers about what perfectionism is vs. what it is not. The trait is hard for even scientists to pin down, which is probably why some believe not all perfectionism is bad, while others believe it’s all bad–that what’s called “healthy” perfectionism isn’t perfectionism, but rather striving to do the best a person can.

Mr. Guise writes as one who had a tendency towards perfectionism–and found it stifling for the growth of the mind and spirit. In How to be an Imperfectionist he gives ways to free yourself from that mindset, live with more joy and peace, less anxiety, and gain improved physical health as well.

Although the author writes about various studies, this book doesn’t come off as a “textbook”, which is a big plus for me. Mr. Guise gives examples from his own life, as to what worked for him and what didn’t. His tone is as a friend giving a heads-up to another friend.

Comment: This book is a keeper for me. Before I was a teenager, I decided I would avoid mistakes, and so made one of the biggest of my life in going down an unhealthy perfectionist road that only leads to more and more problems. How to be an Imperfectionist opens up a better, much healthier way of thinking.

©P. Booher

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Friday Photos–A Remedy for Anxiety and Depression

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Sunrise in New Zealand. Photo Credit: Werner Sevenster, Unsplash.com

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Sunset. Photo Credit: Johannes Plenio, Unsplash.com

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.”  Psalm 113:3   (NIV)

I have a hard time getting up in the morning due to depression, social anxiety, and other health concerns.  I am not sure of my ability to deal with the situations and people that may come my way.

Some time ago God began opening my eyes to the importance of obedience. In response, I decided to do exactly what this verse of Scripture says to do: to praise the name of the Lord.

Some mornings  I feel too overwhelmed by anxieties and negative thoughts to praise the Lord. But I do anyway, strictly out of obedience to His Word. I find my outlook improves. No longer concentrating on problems I could run into, I can focus on God–Who He is, how big He is, how worthy He is of worship, how capable He is of handling my concerns.

 

The practice of praising God re-orients my mind to the fact that He is in control. The swirling, restless anxieties and dark fears leave. I am at peace. I am more confident of my ability to face the world, as I remember God is with me.

©P. Booher

A postscript: I am finding  the more I practice this, the smaller the worries and fears are becoming, and the easier praising God becomes.

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