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Perfectly Imperfect

By Charlene Rayburn

Am I Hungry? Motivational Companion CardsI’ve recently started the weekly practice of randomly pulling one of the Am I Hungry? Motivational Companion Cards and placing it on my refrigerator door. Each time I open the refrigerator it reminds me to reflect on the card’s message, and keeping it there for the week allows me to ruminate on it and let it sink in.

This week’s card helped me realize the progress I’ve made since starting the program. It no longer feels like an affirmation to help me change my thinking, but rather a confirmation of how I actually do feel now. And I experienced a calm reassurance as I read it.

“Perfection isn’t possible or necessary! Mistakes are a necessary part of my journey… I won’t miss the lessons. Every mistake brings me closer to discovering what works for me.”

That so accurately describes my daily experience now, perfectly imperfect. And that is how my growth and healing continue. Somehow it has never felt more perfect.


About the author

Charlene Rayburn, CVCC, lives her passion for mindfulness and intentional leadership by serving as a personal and professional leadership coach, by managing a department of dedicated employees for a Fortune 500 sized health insurance organization, and by facilitating Am I Hungry?® workshops and coaching sessions. She has coached extensively with individuals and groups outside the corporate world, as well as with executives, leaders, and teams in non-profit, private, public, governmental, and educational organizations spanning the globe. Charlene received her coaching certificate through the Center for Coaching Mastery at Coachville, LLC, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Davenport University. She is a member of the National Management Association. One of her most emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences was serving as a volunteer at the Center for Battered Women. Charlene currently lives in Michigan and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years, reading, learning, cooking, practicing yoga, and watching her grandson grow, who lives with his dad, her stepson in Fort Worth, Texas.

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