The Thursday Thesis - 08/06/2017
“The Imperfect Now ”.
“Go, little book...” - Geoffrey Chaucer, when sending his Canterbury Tales out into small World of the 14th Century.
Almost 700 years later, people are still reading Chaucer’s “little book”.
It is not perfect – but it got written.
Not only did it get written, it got published.
Anybody who writes or seeks to create something will wrestle with their deep need to be perfect – to make their book, song or creation absolutely faultless.
So the book never gets finished, the song remains uncompleted, the dreams of our souls lie, unloved and unfinished, in our hearts and on our hard-drives.
I’m learning to say “get over it!” to myself.
I’m facing-up to the fact that it will never be perfect, and it doesn’t need to be perfect – it just needs to be finished.
People don’t want perfection tomorrow – they want excellent, today.
This week I’ll be finishing the edits of my second little book and asking the lovely Rosa to format it.
It won’t be perfect, but it will be done.
The poems you wrote, the stories you told your kids, the pictures you drew when nobody was around to look at them...
Those moments of imperfection are the best of you: cherish them, their imperfections, and their honesty, because they were born in a moment when your fear of failure was looking the other way, and when their being born was all that mattered.
Those were moments before fear closed you down.
So, today, let go of your need to be perfect, and create something imperfect.
© Neil Cowmeadow 2017
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