A friend shared an episode of the show “World’s Strictest Parents – Tooele, UT”. It’s about two teens from Great Britain that go to live with a Mormon family living in Tooele, Utah. After watching the entire 57 minutes, I understood something that I never have before:
We have ideals not because we are supposed to become some proscribed version of perfect, but to help ourselves seek and find the best parts of us, our families, our relationships; and work to become those things.
When we do that, we find our own perfect. That is what we should strive for.
Also, I never understood the “becoming your own master” thing. But I think I do now.
Understanding these things isn’t going to cure me of all my faults & weaknesses, but for now I’m finding great comfort in them, and I think just the spark of motivation I need to move forward. I’m human. I’m never not going to have faults, weaknesses, temptations, feelings! But I want to hold tight to these thoughts and use them as best I can.