Perfection is an illusion. Just when one thinks they are being introduced, an event occurs that illustrates how remote the idea is. Sports are full of heroes that fail as often as they succeed. My construction projects always leave a trace of blood somewhere. The projects I am involved with in my work projects always could be better. The idea of perfection is a myth I say I rarely spend time focusing on.
I want to be perfect. I want my action to be flawless. I hope my mitre corners look textbook. However, a candid review of the day reveals flaws and inconsistencies. The question is never “if” I find imperfections. The question that waits rests in the action I need to take.
As I look for models, I find two extremes. The first is to deny that the problem or inconsistency exists. Frequently, this is referred to as being Teflon. Nothing sticks, so dealing with the flaw is not required.
Alternatively, one can follow Paul’s model when confronted with his actions towards another. “How was I to know he was Chief Priest? He doesn’t act like a Chief Priest. You’re right, the Scripture does say, ‘Don’t speak abusively to a ruler of the people.’ Sorry.” (Acts 23.5)
As I look at the two, I find myself wondering how one grows from the first. Denying the weakness prevents one from dealing with the flaw or gap. It may not be readily apparent, yet underlying problem is still here. One must admit, if only to one’s self, that there is a problem in order something to happen in response.
Dealing with the weakness is, from my experience, a response of strength. One could suggest that it allows one to focus on what you have done right (celebrate) while giving others and yourself an opportunity to celebrate the future outcome of your renewed efforts.
The fact that we fail is a certainty. You and I will fail today. What we do with our failure opportunities reflects the path our lives take. Failure gives freedom an opportunity to shine.