Doing Nothing: The Only Mistake


Only he who does nothing makes a mistake. — French proverb

Hi. I’m Kit, and I’m a Perfectionist. This doesn’t mean I do things perfectly, just that I think I should do things perfectly. But I’m only human. I make mistakes. Nothing I do is ever perfect. And yet I still expect perfection.

This mindset gets in my way all the time. It keeps me from doing things I enjoy, things that make me feel good, things that keep me healthy and balanced. Soul-feeding things, like making from scratch something I see in my head. Necessary life things, like cleaning and organizing the house. Social things, like reaching out to friends.

I think of what I would like to do, and then I think of twenty reasons not to do it. Most of the reasons are about why it won’t go perfectly — I’m too tired, it’s not the best time, I don’t have what I need. But ultimately, the fear is that it won’t turn out the way I would like. I’ll make a mistake or fall short of my goal. I won’t be able to achieve my vision. and I’ll have wasted my time.

I need to remember that it’s OK to do things imperfectly. Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. Just because it doesn’t turn out as I expected or hoped doesn’t mean I wasted my time. If I spend my time doing things I enjoy, how is that ever a waste?


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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