I don’t use this as an excuse to serve my kids half-raw chicken or anything (at least I try not to!), but I certainly have to remind myself of it often.
Similarly, Winston Churchill once said that, “perfection is the enemy of progress.”
For things that MUST be done, it’s easy to live this out. I will get groceries, I will prepare lessons, I will get my kids to the dentist on occasion, even if nothing is perfect. It’s tasks that are “optional” that get me. Will I write when I know the last thing I wrote was disjointed and whatever comes next will be worse? Will I pray when I know I’ve already wasted ten minutes on Facebook and I’m going to get interrupted in five? Will I reach out to a friend even though I know I’ve waited too long since her grandfather died?
Hopefully, yes, right? 🙂 I know that fighting perfectionism is a simple concept. I’m sure many of you are way ahead of me in this (or else you’ve figured out perfection, in which case, please share, haha.) But in the meantime, thanks for bearing with me!
Generally I’m not a perfectionist, so I wouldn’t think this would affect me so much. I cut corners and I’m terrible with lists and schedules, so it’s not like mediocrity is new to me. 🙂 Yet somehow, in relationships and challenges and personal goals–I get stopped!
Writing is, of course, a big one. I love what Dean Wesley Smith says about killing the critical voice, which is basically the same idea. He doesn’t advocate writing messy, quite the opposite, but for years he kept a card near his computer that said, “Dare to be bad.”
I think I need that tattooed on the back of my hand. And the thing is, whenever we push past and do the thing–it’s better for us! Five minutes of prayer is better than none, a disjointed chapter is better than nothing, and my friend is appreciative and forgiving of my late condolences.
So, I don’t know who needs to hear this, but whatever you’ve failed to do great, just do badly. It’ll feel better than nothing. 🙂
And as Jane Austen has so eloquently and honestly said, ‘Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked.’
P.S. Back to Persuasion next month. Anne and Captain Wentworth are knocking at my door. Thanks for reading! – Corrie