PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”


“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
Zin Shin

Perfectionism and feelings of inadequacy often go hand in hand. It is the feeling of being inadequate that can drive someone toward perfectionism.

It is also possible that feelings of inadequacy hinder a person from believing

they can do or achieve things that are worthwhile. In this case, rather than motivating a person to try to be perfect, feelings of inadequacy may cause the person to give up trying at all.

Feelings of inadequacy should not be confused with humility. Humility is a spiritual virtue that has been described as not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less often, and being modest about your own place in the world. Love is grounded in humility. It is difficult to love ourselves and others if we are overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy. To paraphrase the quote above about the flower, a flower doesn’t waste energy wondering if it is inadequate compared to other flowers, it simply uses its energy to bloom.

Have you struggled, or do you currently struggle, with feelings of adequacy? If so, what gives you the courage let go of those feelings? Do you see how letting go of feelings of inadequacy could free up energy to help you bloom?