I've been thinking a lot lately about being "perfect". It's a worthy goal, but let's be real, we're all human and we all make mistakes. I really loved Katilda's post on the topic last week. I keep writing novel-length comments on the post both to tell her how much I loved what she said, and also as a way to voice/figure out my thoughts on the matter.
I think what I've decided is that life is a lot more simple than we make it. If the end goal is perfection, (which it has to be, because if we were perfect now, there would be no point to living and learning) then right now is for progression and daily being better and one step closer to that end goal. But some days are hard, some days we make mistakes, some days might just not be "better" than the day before.
I've come to realize that "better" is less about comparison and more about desire. We don't need to compare everything we did today to everything we did yesterday to judge the quality of our day. And we certainly don't need to compare doing our personal best to someone else's best. We simply need to be good. To try. To want to progress. To care.
I really love this song. First, I don't think I'll ever stop fangirling over Carmen Rasmussen. (I voted for her 400+ times in one night when she was on American Idol. ) I also really love their rendition. But mostly, I love the words and the idea.
Maybe I didn't cure cancer yesterday, maybe I didn't feed any homeless people or make quilts to donate somewhere helpful, but I did let someone cut in line in the forever long line in the parking garage. And, you know, even if I hadn't let someone cut in line, that doesn't mean my day was bad.
I think we can get too caught up in the idea of service being like "saving the world". There are lots of different ways to serve and care. But I think if you can get to the end of the day and say "I did something good today" even if that something good was as simple as a smile, you can call your day a success. I believe we are all inherently good. We all care about others, we want to be happy and we want other people to be happy. I think we might do a lot more good in our days than we acknowledge.
There is also something to be said for making mistakes. Some days, you might feel like you did nothing good. Like everything you did was wrong. Well, guess what, if you feel like something was wrong, that means you acknowledge that you want to be better. That's what progression is about. And if you're making mistakes, that means you're trying, you're living.
Stop worrying so much and just try. Live, make mistakes, learn, love, and care. Do something good.