Shoot for the Moon

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“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. Repent just means to change direction — and NOT to be said by someone who is waggling their forefinger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t mind ending up at, and aim for that. Shoot the moon.” – Anne Lamott

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6 thoughts on “Shoot for the Moon

    • I just read your post! Somehow i missed it this week. Now I desperately want to know what’s going to happen at the bridge 🙂 exciting! The thing that spoke to me about this quote was not to get hung up on perfectionism and to live a big, juicy, creative life. Yes! Maybe the rest of the post is for you?

      • Oh, perfectionism has been my downfall for most of my 48 years, Laurel. I was chatting with Joanne (blogger) about this exact thing during our hike last week. I have refused to entertain/host family dinners because the number of guests was too high to allow everyone to sit at the same table, on the same chairs, eating from the same plates. The perfectionism has been a huge handicap for me. I’m slowly working through it, but it’s a process.

        The decision I’m pondering is career-related…

      • I thought it might be career related. You’ll make the best decision, I’m sure! Perfectionism is a tough one to let go of but, I think, when you let go that’s when you finally get to relax and just enjoy the (imperfect) moment. Yay

  1. A. Men. That’s Amen! Love Annie Lammott and also our personal most influential living spiritual teacher Fr. Thomas Keating says exactly that . . . that repent means to change direction . . . notably the direction in which you are pursuing happiness. I think there is certainly room for doing something with grace and poise and with your best effort but where I go nuts is when a person will bend over backwards and try to be or make something they are not in order to please others and/or are constantly worried about what other people think. Drives me CRAZY!!! So thank you for this post!!!

    • Annie Lamott is so incredibly cool. I got to meet her about 10 years ago and was blown away! Glad you like the post Sue and I know what you mean about people pleasing. Sometimes it’s hard, I think, to be our authentic selves but it’s always the way to go. And to change the subject, I’m loving your food photos here and on Instagram! So delicious

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