The dictionary defines disaster as a natural or man-made (or technological) hazard resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. A tragic event stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents, fires, or explosions. It is a phenomenon that can cause damage to life and property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of people. Now, I'm sure that everyone will agree that the recent hurricane, tornadoes and fires are disasters. But on a personal level I think that is another story.
At heart I am a perfectionist, it was a hard habit to overcome. It is like a cancer that eats away at your self-esteem. I had set such high standards, that many times were unrealistic, they doomed me to failure, and feelings of inadequacy. But then I finally came to realize that the world does not revolve around me--so what if I make a mistake when I speak, or sew something wrong, burn the cake or arrive late because I got lost; tomorrow nobody but me will remember. I am just not that crucial in the scheme of things. I learned to forgive myself (and still am learning that lesson). I learned to laugh at myself. So my mishaps, although troubling to me, are not at all disasters. I prefer to see them as valuable learning tools..