Better Done than Perfect
The headline for today’s blog post came from a comment by Miss PattiCakes (thanks Pat!) on yesterday’s post What Do You Do When It’s Not What You Wanted It To Be?. Here’s what she had to say:
“I LIKE it. I like the colors. Just because it’s not what you wanted it to be, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t what someone else wants it it be. It’s OK to say “well, I might not do it that way again”, but not worth self flagellation (grin). A quilter friend of mine once said “done” is better than “perfect”. Good luck putting THAT into practice!
“What if God looked at us that way? How many of us are the way She would want us to be? Yikes!” -PattiCakes, All Decked Out
PattiCakes is my new best friend, is she yours too? And who CANNOT love someone who give us permission to be less than perfect? Oh yeah, I’m talking about the famous Her with a capitol H her as well as the PattiCakes with the capitol P & C.
What you all didn’t know yesterday was that the quilt I showed you was NOT a finished quilt, I had only quilted one block (now I have TWO done). Do you ever get that first little bit finished, sit back to admire your great start and then fall through the floor with disappointment at what you see? I swear, Iseem to do that EVERY SINGLE TIME. It’s a sickness I’m working hard to recover from. It’s a symptom of my Perfectionism.
And honestly, it doesn’t really matter if I really love what I working on or if it IS really the worst thing ever – I get that same sinking, deep pit of disappointment. Sometimes it lasts for an hour, sometimes for a week — sometimes forever.
I think it is why I have so many UFOs (for you non-quilters, a UFO is an Un-Finished Project). I abandon the project because I lose all hope. You don’t quit working on something you’re still excited about. Am I right, Ladies?
With love, to myself and to you,