This week’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write a post describing your perfect day.
Last week, Carole and I received a couple of texts from Kym with some absolutely awesome ideas for Think Write Thursday. This is the first one, and I confess, it was not my first choice.
Perfect is just so impossible, you know?
I thought about this long and hard and no matter how I thought about it, Salvador Dali’s words of wisdom kept ringing in my head, “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
If that doesn’t smack a body down, I don’t know what does.
So, how do I wrangle this around to work in my very imperfect world.
By accident, I stumbled across this: Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection. Whoever Kim Collins is, these words are just what I need. And, in fact this is my focus for everything in life – to continuously improve. It is the ruler to which I measure my days – was there improvement from the day before? And, honestly – some days there is none. No steps ahead, but LOTS of steps back.
But, all that makes for a very disappointing and uninspiring blog post to share, right? So, how do I inspire myself and in doing so, hopefully inspire you? While, my life is not perfect – each day I am working on improvement. And, if I achieve improvement I end the day better than I started and if I did not improve, what did I learn?
So, for me, the ‘perfect’ day is one with a balance of improvement and learning. And, if there is both, then it is the best possible day ever!
If you would like to see what others had to say about their perfect day, you will find them here. If you want to join Carole and me on Think Write Thursday’s you can sign up here. We would love to have you!
Sounds ideal to me! XO
I second Kym’s comment…and I embrace the “seeking learning” everyday – or at lest I try. Carry on!
I was lucky to work for a curious and inquisitive man for several summers as a teenager, and every day before I went home he asked me, “What did you learn today?” Just knowing he was going to ask made me look for opportunities to learn every day, and now I ask myself the question. So, yes to learning and improvement!
Was it suppose to be perfect and not ideal? I had ideal stuck in my head, I guess. Perfection is highly overrated!
Frankly, I think “perfect” is boring — it’s the flaws, the imperfections, that make people and life interesting. I really like your approach, too. I think we are all a work in progress and the best we can ever do is strive to be better.
My embroidery instructor always told us to “work towards perfection”, but never rip out what we’d already done. Overtime we’d see marked improvement, which was the goal, perfection being unachievable. I say the same to my students and they have a lot more fun than if they were always judging themselves and their stitches. Great post, Kat!
That quote is going to come live in my classroom! 🙂
Well said, Kat! Continually learning and growing is what makes life interesting, you know? and for sure, life needs to be interesting!