Another good one for us writers: No one is perfect...that's why pencils have erasers. - Anonymous (or is that all of us).
And, one from my drama: Perfect is a word used to describe something that doesn't exist. - heard it from a friend of a friend.
Here are a pair of imperfect hands.
I played for our church service again today. I started out with some fun prelude music. One piece was a jazzed up version of our gathering hymn. Then, the service started. I don't know what happened, maybe I was distracted by the readers who were right next to me and the really tall candle, or maybe it was the water they poured into the Baptismal bowl, or maybe I had the prelude song in my head and didn't know where to start, or I hadn't drunk enough coffee that morning. When it came time to start the first hymn, I was in the wrong spot. I mean, way off. I felt like asking, "Does anyone know where they put middle C on this piano?" or, "Can you tell me what key we're in? Oh, those tiny tic-tac-toe grids mean we have a couple sharps." Whatever the reason, I had to stop the intro and restart, twice.
We all have false starts now and then. After the service, while I had fellowship snacks and conversation with other moms, they reminded me that they know all about false starts. In fact, one is a track coach. Ever heard of a foot fault, jumping the gun, dropping a baton? How about some more: fumbling the ball, missing a cue, forgetting a name, burning the bacon. Ever typed a word wrong, on a job app? Agent query? Have you ever looked at your writing and thought, Nope, this is not going in the right direction. I need to turn around and start over. Which brings up another great comparison. Have you ever turned down the wrong road? How about your relationships, ever felt a need to start over?
The best way to keep your poise in such situations is to let go of perfect, smile, appologize, and start again. This is the advice I gave my students when we had our piano recital. I said, "If you're off, either play through it, or find a place to restart. Don't fall apart. We all make mistakes. Keep on playing."
Thanks, Rejoice friends for accepting my imperfections today.
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Journaling Prompt: Describe a time when you needed to start over.