I was reading a blog post this morning, (related to something I don’t blog about) and the author used the above phrase (Progress, not perfection, in case the image doesn’t load or you’re browsing text-only). It’s an awesome motto for a lot of situations (but won’t replace my own personal motto, which is ”You got into it, you can get out of it!” hehe).
I am sort of cheer-leading a “do more with less” thread in the tiny owl knits forum on Ravelry for which I think the phrase is really apt. Simplicity, non-consumerism, environmentalism, budgeting… they are all activities where people sometimes fail. We slip up – we buy something we don’t need, we spend money we shouldn’t, we use something that we later find out is bad for the earth. It is so tempting to throw up your hands and say, “It’s useless! I’ll never get this right! I might as well just go shopping with a credit card/not recycle/buy all the things!”
You don’t have to always get it right. You only have to try. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t mean everything you are trying to do is useless. One mistake, or even more, doesn’t mean you have to stop, or even start totally over. It’s not like a board game where the wrong roll sends you back to the beginning of the board to play catch-up with the other players. You are the only player, and you can just keep going. So you: bought a widget/went over $20 on your budget/used a product with microbeads. What about all those times you didn’t do those things? And how many times you won’t do those things in the future?
I’m actually a big fan of failure. Sometimes failure teaches us – what to do different next time, why the other way works better, and sometimes it gives us an idea of something else to try instead that we wouldn’t have thought of on our own. Or it’s something to discuss and share with others as a warning, so they see why they shouldn’t do it. Failure is valuable experience.
Remember that just because you experience failure, it doesn’t mean that YOU are a failure. You’re a human.
Humans are experts at trying. And that’s awesome. You are awesome!
So go forth and be awesome!
What awesomeness are you doing today?