Doing Nothing: The Only Mistake

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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?

Author: Kit Dunsmore

Kit is a writer and an artist who adores living in Colorado. Whether she's hiking in the mountains or walking the prairies, she's always watching the wildlife in order to learn more about the natural world.

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