Perfection is the Enemy of the Good

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Perfection is the Enemy, but Easily Thwarted

Many of us spend a good deal of time pursuing perfection of some sort.  Thus, perfection is the enemy of our free time.  We try to look perfect, have a perfect yard, or hit a hole-in-one.  There is nothing wrong with perfection as a goal, but it can keep us from pursuing other, more meaningful, things.  This is important to consider when “good enough” is effectively as good as “perfect.”

The pursuit of perfection can also keep us from delegating tasks.  Our children get far more out of chores than completing it.  They learn things like thinking of others, contributing to a common good, manners, and much more.  When we fail to hand off a task to a child because they won’t do a perfect job we are missing opportunities.  Yes, we may have to go behind them and clean up, but our job is to raise imperfect children in an imperfect world.  It is a good thing our perfection does not get in the way of that goal.

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