Feeling good about yourself is not a luxury. It’s an essential part of well-being and learning to accept yourself is an important part of discovering your deeper potential for happiness and fulfillment. This doesn’t mean that we simply surrender to our faults and imbalances and unhealthy behaviors. But if we feel inspired to improve our lives, it’s very helpful to begin by accepting ourselves as we are and using that sense of calm and positive self-awareness as the foundation for any changes we wish to make. I suspect we create far too much pressure in our lives by measuring ourselves against some artificial standard of perfection. We don’t have to be perfect. Making mistakes and getting things wrong are normal aspects of our human condition. Perfection is an abstraction. Well-being is something that we can feel and experience as a healthy and uplifting aspect of every moment of our lives. So look in the mirror and smile and enjoy the feeling of well-being that follows.