Inspired by Challenge
The act of bringing anything into the world, of taking an idea and making it real means bringing it from the state of absolute perfection in your mind into a state of relative imperfection in reality. Every novel or painting is like this: perfect in the maker's mind, but imperfectly realized. You can look at this as a mistake or simply as an opportunity to engage--because it's through the making of mistakes that we are able to live creative lives.
The parenting equivalent of the point Ozeki makes is the understanding that we learn more through our mistakes than we do from experiences that seem to go flawlessly. Truth be told, we humans are rarely flawless at all, but times we come closest are when we are performing tasks or using skills we have already mastered. Real growth does not occur here. Learning and stretching lie in the untested. Handmade commands a higher price than machine made because there is beauty and interest in the imperfect, and there are so few among us willing to go the distance to create a thing of beauty or to risk sharing it with the world. Don't be discouraged when things don't go exactly as you envisioned they would; your vision is limited by your imagination. Take a risk and trust. What may at first appear imperfect as it is unfolding, may evolve into the very plan God envisioned for you. The plan that takes you beyond your wildest dreams.
That is so true! We learn best by our mistakes. Sounds like a great bookReplyDelete
I enjoyed it. As a mom I hope that I have encouraged my adult children to see their successes through their own eyes rather than the world's.Delete
This lesson is absolutely true. This week I completed a crocheted Spring wreath. I'd had the pattern and yarn for over a year. On paper it was perfect, in actualization it was a bit less perfect but I love it still, and I am happy to have actually completed it. The learning is in deciding what I might like to do a bit differently with the next one, and the opportunity to send it to a friend who could use a bit of cheering up. If we only attempt what we can do perfectly, we will lead very limited lives and never grow!ReplyDelete
Very limited lives for sure!Delete
Definitely intrigued by this book now!ReplyDelete
It is a quick read.Delete
Words of wisdom! I need more of those in my life. Great book suggestion and I love the quote you pulled!ReplyDelete
I did too. Hope it sinked into my daughter's brain!Delete
So true. I'm really interested in checking out this book. Do you have it on your Goodreads? If so, would you mind recommending it to me there? I'd love to add it to my list.ReplyDelete