Submitted by Susan Smith Blakely
In last Thursday's blog I talked about the need for women lawyers to keep life in perspective and avoid the trap of being all things to all people---particularly to your perfectionist selves. I shared information from Deborah Spar, the president of Barnard College and former Harvard Business School professor. Here are a few additional thoughts on that subject.
Keeping it all in perspective is really all about choices---the choices that are right for you and your particular circumstances. Women too often think that they don't have choices about things that have traditionally been "women's work." They think that they have to have the perfect house, the perfectly groomed children, the perfectly balanced meals (protein, veggie, starch and greens), the perfect this and the perfect that. I just does not work for the new balance I write about in my books, and the sooner you learn that the better.
Do not sacrifise good on the altar of perfection. When you look back on all the time wasted in pursuit of perfection, it will be a humbling experience and probably include a lot of regret. Here is a poem that was published in the womaneer.com article that I talked about in my last blog: