Ideal. Slam dunk. Perfect. Whether you will admit it or not, many of us think in these terms. We want our bodies, homes, things, relationships, other people to be the very best - perfect would be great! While having goals and high standards is healthy and good, this past week I've noticed a theme of perfection that leads to a lot of treading water and arriving nowhere new.
If you don't play an instrument, all of that might not mean much to you, but I think the same concept applies to all aspects of my life. It's easy to be all or nothing with exercise and diet. Expecting perfection and then when you foul up, what happens? Either quit all together or obsess over the mistake. Relationships - we expect the people in our life to treat us the way we need every time. What happens when they don't? We write them off or retaliate. Your home - Everyone has an opinion on housework and whats important. Don't we worry that everything isn't good enough or up to someone else's standards, perhaps our own? Either we spend excessive amounts of time ensuring that perfect home (sometimes to the neglect of others and other things) or we view it as impossible all the while beating ourselves up over not doing enough.
Here's the point: Perfection is a wonderful destination as long as we realize that its located in heaven. Extremes always come with a heavy price tag that usually isn't worth it. Instead, accept that mistakes come and see the benefits that come with following through to the end despite them.