Perfection

8 Mar

The problem with seeking perfection is that it tends to be an all or nothing state of mind.  If I can’t do it better than everyone else, if I’m going to show a flaw, I don’t do it at all.  As a child, I tended to limit my activities with other kids because of my fear of not being as good as everyone else.  As an adult, I’ve quit jobs because I was basically firing myself before someone else could even if in reality my job was probably secure.

My sponsor taught me that humility was recognizing that I don’t live in extremes.  Sometimes I have to recognize that I may not be the best or the worst.  Sometimes I’m average, and that’s okay.  mediocrity can be acceptable and normal.

I have some amazing gifts.  There are things I excel at.  There’s always going to be someone better.

There are things that I just suck at.  But that’s okay too.

But most things I can be okay with just being okay.  And if I want to be  better, then I can put some effort in.  If I don’t care, then I don’t need to care.

Progress not perfection is a freeing expression.  It negates the words of my parents, who discouraged me from trying to protect me from failure.  But not trying is the real failure.

It’s better to try and fail than to give in to fear.  And sometimes the satisfaction isn’t in the end result, but rather in the journey to learn and grow.

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