Friday, April 27, 2007

A Late Night Thought

A wise friend emailed me last night. In her email, she pointed out something I excel at and mentioned that, of all the things I do, she thought that was what I did best.

So far as I can see, she was right. Not only do I excel at that particular thing, but it's what I do best. But here's the catch. Recognizing that I excel in that one thing is very close to recognizing that I don't excel at everything I do. And that is humbling. In thinking over her email, it came to me how much I depend on her and others to do the tasks that I myself either cannot do or can only do poorly. Consequently, her kind words made me feel both very vulnerable and grateful at the same time.

4 comments:

Mystic Wing said...

As protection against this kind of thing, I steadfastly acknowledge that I do nothing whatsoever very well.

When things do turn out well, I'm always pleasantly surprised, so this strategy is quite excellent for me.

I came to this point several years ago, when recognizing that I could find no evidence that perfectionism has caused any happiness for any human being, anywhere in the world. Hence I gave it up altogether.

Paul said...

Good points, Mystic!

I think it's wise to do the best we can, according to our own unique natures. But doing our best does not -- at least it does not for me -- imply perfection.

Chell said...

Well, that settles it. You are perfect, at being human. :)

Paul said...

Hi Chell!

I'm perfect at being human??? I can tell you have not spoken with my ex! :)