So we wait.
Until we get smarter.
Til we understand computers better.
Til our spouse comes round to our way of thinking.
Til our family gets it.
Til we feel more confident.
Waiting for this, that and the other.
We want, in effect, to get it right.
To have the perfect solution in sight before we begin. The perfect way to write a novel, the perfect subject matter to paint, the perfect website to represent us…and on and on it goes.
The dictionary (depending on who you consider has the perfect definition for perfect) states it as this:
Being entirely without fault or defect.
We may not see ourselves as perfectionists, yet if we listen to our internal chatter, often we can be very critical on anything and everything surrounding our creative process—to the point of being paralyzed about starting at all! Painfully, acutely aware of all the ways it doesn’t “measure up” in our efforting to write the perfect book, paint the perfect painting, or craft the perfect song.
What does Mother Nature have to say about such things?
Pearls, which we set such value on, come from a lack of perfection. An irritant lodged somewhere that it’s not supposed to be which causes the oyster to create a barrier over it resulting in a natural pearl. The “imperfect” Pearl of Lao Tzu is valued at 60 million dollars.
Mined diamonds usually have imperfections whereas a cubic zirconia is “flawless”. The “imperfect” Star of Africa diamond is valued at 400 million.
Kind of looks like Mother Nature doesn’t give a flying fig about our idea of “perfection”.
What if….what if….
Instead of waiting until everything is perfect maybe, just maybe…
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.
With whatever it is that you have
Almost everything comes from almost nothing.
~Henri Frederie Amiel
No more waiting to “get it right”
To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. ~John Ruskin
Art is never defect-free. Things that are remarkable never meet spec, because that would make them standardized, not worth talking about.
Do something, even if it’s wrong…getting started is where it’s at…