There is an old saying, “practice makes perfect.”
But what if it’s not about ‘perfection’? What if the quest for perfection detracts from the value of practice?
In practice, if I am constantly striving for perfection, I lose sight of the joy of taking the journey, of being present to possibility.
Striving for perfection, I begin to believe there is a finite endpoint at which there will be no room for growth or improvement, or even change. I’ll be perfect so there’s nothing else to do.
Then the quest becomes about perfecting whatever I’m doing, versus, the joy of being immersed in whatever I’m doing, continuously improving and evolving my art, my story-telling, my writing, my voice…
One thing I am definitely learning as I work with my eldest daughter on our presentation for Circles of Hope, (which happens tomorrow! have you got your ticket?) is the fact that perfection is the killer of two things that are vital in my life:
I can’t be real and perfect at the same time. My view of ‘perfection’ is subjective. When I reach that place where I believe, I’m perfect, there’s no room for another view, different ideas, other perspectives. And without being open to another’s voice, another’s heart-truth, there’s only room for that ole’ joy killer, perfection.
My daughter and I may not be perfect in our presentation tomorrow — that’s not our goal. Our desire is to speak from our hearts. Real. Honest. Vulnerable.
As we’ve been practicing together she has reminded me many times to breathe. To let the words become embodied in my being… present.
To let them sink down from my head into my body and heart.
And that can’t happen when I’m focused on getting them, just right or appearing to be perfect.
Being one with the words can only happen when I stay present in the now, breathe into being conscious, aware and heart-driven in what I am saying.
The words of this story have come from our hearts. They’ve come from a place of deep intimacy, a willingness to be real with each other, and a desire to share our story in a way that will touch hearts and open minds to the possibility that on the other side of trauma, loss, grief, is this place we can always come back to. This vulnerable, beautiful and grace-filled space where we are always at home in our hearts.