This is What Perfection Looks Like

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The power saw spun, just below her eyes, blade whirring through the air. That’s when time stopped.

My wife and I stood, side by side, at the workbench in our basement. For a while now, we’ve been renovating the kitchen. This day’s task — cut bead board for the new backsplash.

Well, let me be more specific. Her job was to cut bead board for the new backsplash. My job, as the man of the house, was to hold the wood, carry things where she needed them, and provide emotional support. (Life works much better when I’m not using the power tools).

“Now, let me check to see if I drew this line right.” she said, stringing the tape measure across the plank.

“Of course it’s right,” she said.

“I’m perfect.”

“I’m perfect.”

“I’m perfect.”

All of these messages are telling her why her life, her looks, her house, her status, her clothes, are not as good as they could be. She is pummeled, day after day, with attempts to remind her how much she lacks in life before letting her know they have a solution to her misery (what a coincidence!).

“I’m perfect.”

I know better.

“I’m perfect.”

“I’m perfect.”

If you have ever felt any of those things, I want to challenge you with this:

Do more of what you love. Do it as often as you can.

Set aside the expectations and pressures and made-up standards the world has to offer and do what fills you up. Don’t do it to make a paycheck. Do it because it makes you whole.

You are not checking a box. You are not taking a test. You are doing what you love.

You are perfect.

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^Click that big handsome guy to figure out how to win a ton of books.^

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An optimist who writes. www.toddbrison.com/infinite-ideas

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