You’re a perfectionist. You always look out for mistakes. Your level of attention to detail is admirable.

Those are three statements said to me in the last couple of days by three different people, I believe, to mean the same thing.

Charles Swindol said, “10% of life is what happens to you, and the 90% how you react to it.” I’ll twist that to 10% is what is said to you and 90% how you interpret it.

Person 1 and 2 made me feel like I was the problem….like I have a problem. Well, they tried to. See, yes, I am for perfection, if not it, then close to it. I will see your upside down file from three desks away and it will make me uncomfortable; I will find myself walking over and putting it upright. I switch off people’s lights when I walk into their offices, because it’s too bright. Unnecessarily bright. I have no problem with reading a document more than once to ensure everything is okay. Yes, sometimes I will miss the mistakes. Most times, not. I do not look out for mistakes, but if they are there, I will see them. I think they just come to me.

Person 3 put it differently, and suddenly 1 and 2 didn’t matter anymore. Attention to detail is not a bad thing. Who you are might not be a bad thing as people make it seem. Do not let anyone make you feel otherwise. In fact this normally comes from people who are the complete opposite and hey, that’s okay too! They shouldn’t impose who THEY ARE on you or who you should be! Worst case scenario is, these are their own insecurities. You’re a force and they feel threatened by you. Do you anyway!

The next time anyone tries to describe you, to label you, in an effort to insult you, think of the other ways it can be said…or other ways other people have communicated the exact thing but with other words; and run with that. Life’s too short to dwell on people’s negativity.

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