you can be good /john steinbeck

now that...and now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.

– John Steinbeck

Perfection; a huge dilemma. Not for everyone, but for everyone who is a perfectionist. Sometimes it’s an asset and other times it’s a burden, a barrier, or even an excuse.

The all or nothing of everyday life… that’s what being a perfectionist impacts. Depending on the situation it can become an obstacle rather than an objective. You start to put things on hold, or give up on them completely, because in your mind; if you can’t do it right (to the degree of perfection you define), then it’s not worth doing at all…

And yes, perfection like everything is relative. We define what it is to us, the extent and context. There in lies the problem and the cure. Since we define it, then in theory we can still be perfectionists and adjust our own perception of perfection so that it is no longer a hindrance.

Or is it simply an excuse? with regard to the things that are the most important to us… We can’t stand the thought of failure, so we create a world in our minds that absolves us of all responsibility…

“and now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good”.

only when we perceive this statement to be true…
then good will be; good enough…

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