Perhaps this week is William Faulkner week. When I found the quote from Tuesday’s post, I also found this nugget of wisdom from Faulkner:
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
– William Faulkner
The pursuit of perfection is an unattainable goal that taunts every artist and musician. As a cellist and vocalist, I am continually working to improve, to take my skills to the “next level,” moving beyond anything I’ve thus far achieved to something that’s better than my best. I know what it is to pursue perfection musically, all the while knowing that perfection will never be within my reach.
Striving for perfection in the crafting realm is altogether a different beast. Until last October, crafting was my hobby, what I did for fun. Not only was perfection not essential, it wasn’t even on my mind. Enjoyment and relaxation were the goals. All that has now changed. Thank goodness my musical background has prepared me to never settle for anything less than 10% better than my absolute best. Already, I can tell that the quality of my products has improved by leaps and bounds since October. I have no doubt I will continue to hone new techniques in the coming months and years and that my items will continue to improve as a result.
The pursuit of perfection may strive toward an unattainable goal, but it is a valuable and worthwhile pursuit nonetheless.