Apr 22

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The silver Tylenol award

I’ve been thinking a lot about perfectionism lately. It’s come up as a topic in numerous conversations, and there’s a chapter on perfectionism in my upcoming book The Year Of Miraculous Living.

Today a memory popped up that had me laughing at my own perfectionist streak.

By the time I was in fifth grade, I was a full-blown perfectionist. At the end of that school year, my teacher Mr. Tuttle gave out funny awards to each of us.  He gave me the “Silver Tylenol Award” because I stressed out so much about doing well. And you know what my first thought was?

“Why didn’t I get the GOLD Tylenol Award?  Who beat me for that?”

Even in stressing out I wanted to be the best!!!!

Crazy or not, here I come!  🙂

So here I am, 28 years later, still working with my perfectionism.  At least I see it more clearly these days. And I can laugh at it.  That’s certainly a miracle!

I still have that award somewhere. It’s in a box of my special things.  Because even though it bothered me that I didn’t get the Gold, it also made me feel good to know that my teacher really saw me – warts and all.

Want to read a chapter from my upcoming book “The Year Of Miraculous Living”? Click here to download a 10-page excerpt on perfectionism from my “Free Stuff” page! Every entry includes an exercise for you to bring the lessons into your own life.


About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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1 comment

  1. cmichaelsny

    Looking forward to buy this book..I like collecting different kind of book..I enjoy reading on it..Thanks for sharing with us..

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