This is what Anne Lamott has to say about Perfectionism in her book, Bird By Bird.
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people."
"I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it."
"...perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force."
(you could sub. potting in for writing. (ron))
"Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that a life is being lived. Clutter is wonderfully fertile ground---you can still discover new treasure under all those piles, clean things up, edit things out, fix things up, get a grip. Tidiness suggests that something is as good as it's going to get."
So I'm off to my clutter and plastic and mess of a studio to do some great work today. I hope you are too. Have a good Friday.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Posted by Ron at 8:00 AM