“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best”
-Most often attributed to Henry Van Dyke, although per walden.org there was an unattributed version in The Ladies Repository: A Monthly Periodical, Devoted to Literature, Arts, and Religion, Sept. 1874
I found this quote so inspirational, mainly because I am trying to currently loosen the grip that extreme perfectionism has on me. Up until recently, it would be hard for me to take if anything I produced was flawed in any way. Time would get away from me as I hammered out every dent and ding in search of a perfectly smooth surface. Or, even worse, time would simply not be available for such laboring, and I would launch a mental personal assault about how I should have, could have done better. Luckily, due to some recent coaxing of loved ones, I have loosened my grip a bit and have put forth efforts which are not necessarily the best efforts within their realm, but they are my best efforts. Yet, I have still managed to teach, inspire and make a positive impact! Well now, I guess I will just keep singing the best song that I can sing. And I hope you do too!