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Easing the Sting

Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

I am a recovering perfectionist.

Those who know me now probably have no idea I once pursued flawlessness with the zeal of a fanatic. I set standards (mostly for myself) that were so high one might assume I had a personality disorder.  Like others who suffer this state, I was possessed by some delusional condition that led me to believe perfection was attainable; you just had to push harder for it.

After years of enduring frustration, aggravation, disappointment and self-inflicted disgrace, I took stock of all the things I’d sacrificed on the altar of Perfection. The list started with happiness, satisfaction, peace of mind and simple pleasures; it ended with time, friendships, opportunities and adventures.

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What a Wonderful World

Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

These words belong to Rachel Carson, one of the nation’s preeminent advocates for environmental conservation, from her article, Help Your Child to Wonder, published in 1956.

For me, this adult was my Aunt Helen. My mother’s baby sister was cool when I was a kid. She didn’t behave like the other adults; she wasn’t as tired as they always complained of being; she never enforced bedtime; and best of all, she could DRIVE! 

And drive, she did.

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