Practice makes perfect

Is that true? All we need to do to achieve perfection is mindless repetitions?

I’m not good at monotony. I find it dull. I feel the urge to take a different walking route every day. Even if it’s a slight change, I need it. I don’t like going back the same way I arrived.

To me, the idea of doing the same thing over and over again, sounds terrible. It’s not about the thrill though, things don’t have to be exciting, they just need to be different.

I also thought a lot about perfection. How not boring and repetitive it actually is. That sunrise that will never happen again like that. Those raindrops on the patels of that flower. The taste of fresh raspberries. The brown shades in Mia’s black fur. The way she pulls ears down when I tell her how much I love her. The way she runs on the field, carefree, happy, liberated.

Perfect moments. Unique moments. Unpractised ones.

In the words of our AI wizard:

The saying “practice makes perfect” emphasizes the benefits of persistence and hard work in achieving excellence. The advantage of this approach is that it encourages individuals to develop their skills and knowledge through consistent practice. However, the saying is not entirely accurate as perfection is impossible to achieve. Additionally, excessive focus on perfectionism can lead to stress, burnout, and a fear of failure. Therefore, it’s important to balance persistence with self-care and to embrace the value of mistakes and imperfection.

So is it worth chasing perfection? Spending time on practising and practising trying to get closer to the impossible? I’ve decided that for me, it’s not. I’ve wasted enough time trying to be perfect. I now have Mia for that. And she is that, she is perfect. Oh, I see her faults. I see her shortcomings. Yet, I find her perfect.

Look what a difference it makes for her that I believe in her, I love her, I genuinely find her perfect. The same difference it makes for me when I see her unconditional love in her eyes looking at me. It’s not practice that makes perfect: it’s love. Love for each other, for ourselves, for the moment we live in. The more we love, the more perfect we become. And the best thing? It’s our decision to love.

This post is part of the A to Z blogging challenge of April 2023.
Topic of this year is “The AI, the dog and the witchling”, real and fictional stories partially written/inspired by Artificial Intelligence, featuring Mia and Missy.
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3 thoughts on “Practice makes perfect

  1. I almost always have hated practice and repetition, but the merits of the two definitely have a major bearing on how well one can do something. I am a mediocre juggler and musician because I don’t like to practice and make myself better.



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