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Progress, not perfection

Blog Posted:4/7/2018 12:31:00 PM

When I write, I strive for progress, not perfection. Perfectionism, as I have learned on far too many occasions, can lead to mental paralysis, which in turn, in my case, at least, usually leads to procrastination.

Perfection is, I believe, an illusion. To achieve it would, more than likely, be more than a mortal heart or brain could bear. No one can make a thing perfect. God tried and couldn't. You've probably tried and couldn't. And, even though I keep trying, I can't. But then, I'm pretty sure I don't even want to. Where would/could I go from there?

As difficult as perfection is to attain, I'm almost perfectly certain it is/would be an impossibility to maintain.

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Date: 4/8/2018 9:34:00 AM
Never has been a perfect poem written. And that is because man being an imperfect creature has not that capability. So we strive to write our ""best"", and once we think we have we then see its imperfections and thus continue on in this journey named Poetry. Not one of the legendary poets of old wrote a perfect poem, IMHO. But what they did write oft came close when judging by --"human"- standards ,as such standards can only be as good as is our very, very limited minds.
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Date: 4/8/2018 11:01:00 AM
Very true, Robert. As for me...far from ever being "perfect" or "legendary"...I'm happy if I can attain/maintain a certain consistency of quality in my work. And I like to think that my "standards" are high enough to allow me to do that. But...who am I to judge? Thanks for weighing in.
Date: 4/8/2018 8:07:00 AM
I'm certain you are perfectly right, Jim. Leads to paralysis.
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Date: 4/8/2018 8:18:00 AM
Only the mental kind, let's hope, Line, and only partial, and only temporary. Thanks.
Date: 4/7/2018 6:22:00 PM
Perfection is extremely difficult to define. Lately it seems so many such abstractions have been held up for (or should be) serious examination as to just what value they truly bring to peoplekind (hate that). Who's perfection? We can't achieve God's perfection, that's why Jesus stopped by. A subject for a wider forum and interested participants. Poesy may be helpful in the evolving discussion to be sure. :-)))
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Date: 4/8/2018 8:17:00 AM
A much "wider forum", Wayne. Thanks.
Date: 4/7/2018 4:19:00 PM
As humans we tend to think too much of ourselves. So from a human perspective, I never strive for the impossible; only the difficultly attainable ;)
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Date: 4/8/2018 10:20:00 AM
Lol touche'!
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Date: 4/8/2018 8:15:00 AM
Thanks, SotP. One "Don Quixote" was enough.
Date: 4/7/2018 3:55:00 PM
I love what you have to say, Jim, and I agree. I am my own worst critic and probably why I have not been posting lately (It's that "mental paralysis") So as you said, keeping in mind that it's about progress, not perfection, will help. Thank you for this blog.
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Date: 4/8/2018 8:13:00 AM
Thanks, Becca. Being your "own worst critic" might mean you've just learned some "objectivity". Too many writers...especially poets, I'm sorry to say...tend to fall in love with their words. And that's a huge mistake, in my opinion. Even though you may not be posting at present, I hope you are continuing to write. Even a word or a line a day is "progress".

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