I love a job done well. There is nothing better! The feeling of satisfaction as I walk around it feeling all smug with myself and being careful not to let the smugness spill out. Perhaps I’m painting myself in a bad light here and I should replace the word smug with something else. Either way there’s no denying the enthusiasm I feel for doing a proper job.
However, in relation to the title of this post and to the fact that this is post number one (a necessary step in writing my website) at some point there comes that the realisation of two things;
- In most cases ‘perfect’ is a fantasy.
- In most cases there is more than one ‘perfect’.
The first, I realised while doing my A’ level physics when I was taught that ‘close enough’ is usually as close as we can get. It is better to do a ‘good enough’ job and see it done rather than never getting it done at all. A job done is at least a job done. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t aim for perfection, more that we should know where our physical limits are.
The second, I am still trying to learn. I am currently teaching my daughter about favourites and that my favourite colour for cars is not my favourite colour for shoes- actually it kind of is, okay then- my favourite colour for cars is not my favourite colour for butterflies. I think she’ll get that :¬) Though I might really like pancakes one day, another day nice plain bowl of cereal is just ‘perfect’.
So, when is ‘good enough’ perfect enough? Measure it. Sometimes when no one complains, that’s good enough; when everyone is happy, that is good enough; when no-one notices, that is good enough. We all have to learn and decide depending on the situation because situations are as different as cars and butterflies.
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