A Great Quote

In reading a post at The Happiness Project, I was really struck by a Voltaire quote Gretchen Rubin included–

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

This is a constant for me. I don’t think even I recognized my perfectionist tendencies because, well, nothing around here looks perfect. Trouble is, I get into the mentality of if I can’t do it perfectly, I won’t do it at all. This isn’t really a good way to live. I’m constantly feeling less-than becasue i can’t do everything perfectly. What if I make a mistake?! And it’s so hard to tell myself so what if I make a mistake? In my very first post, I talked about this fear of mistakes and how I could bring myself to use a sketch pad I had bought. That was August 2006. Guess what? I still have not even opened the pencils.

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2 Responses

  1. Open those pencils! Give yourself permission to be messy and imperfect. I know, easier said than done – but do it anyway!

  2. I agree with Lauri. Open the pencils. Make a real big old mess on the first page of the sketch book. If you are imperfect on purpose it doesn’t hurt so bad.

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