I remember when I was a kid, Mom cajoled me to run through my daily drills on her old upright piano by saying, “Practice makes perfect.”  I even used that maxim on my own daughter to encourage her to play her flute.  But I think it was she who told me (probably to get out of practicing!) that no one is perfect and practice will only make you better.  And ultimately, isn’t that the goal? 

I think about Olympic competitors who practice countless hours a day prior to the big event only to receive a final score of 8.9.  Or the poet whose work isn’t published until after their umpteenth submission.  Even with all this time invested in their respective art, neither is perfect.  Considering there is always room for improvement—in whatever it may be—I believe expecting the standard of perfection may automatically be a recipe for failure.  And frankly, I don’t want to be perfect.  Better yes, perfect no.  

Right now I’m practicing several things: patience as my family readies for a move and starts a business; perseverance as I return to the job market following my three-month editorial internship (and a thicker skin each time I’m rejected); discipline as I make better choices revolving around fitness and nutrition; and, faith that my life will someday exceed my dreams. 

In a note written to me by my former managing editor at InWithSkin she says, “I believe you have a true writer’s soul…stick with it!  Practice will make you better and better.”  Thank you, Kim, for your confidence in me and for the reminder to keep plugging away as I continue to pursue my heart’s desires. ~ cs

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