So much of our lives are spent comparing ourselves to others. But we aren’t fair to ourselves. We compare our flaws to other’s strengths. Our struggle to another’s finished product. We are our own harshest critics.
I was recently at a women’s retreat when a speaker handed us each a blank sheet of paper. We drew with our non-dominant hands, copying a lovely sunflower. I’ve always struggled with art. Over the years, I’ve told myself that I wasn’t good at drawing. But there was something different that day. I didn’t care about perfection because I didn’t plan on it. I knew my left hand wouldn’t make a perfect drawing. Instead, I chose to concentrate on the details. I just tried to do my best. The result was incredible.
Progress, Not Perfection
My drawing turned out better than I originally imagined it would. Why? Because I let go of a standard of perfection, and simply did my best. I didn’t compare my work to others in the room.
This is a lesson for us all. If we will let go of our idea of perfection, we can actually free ourselves. We will be willing to risk mistakes, which may to lead to beautiful results. Just like my left handed sunflower.