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Letting the Light In

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

Perfectionism has been on my mind recently, or rather, it’s had its vicious stranglehold on me…

…so I thought I’d explore, expose, and shed some light by blogging about it over the next few weeks

It’s not going to be a full-blown series, more just a sharing of some tips, resources, thoughts and reflections that I’ve found when I’ve been out and about on the web, and digging around in books.

Not to mention taking photos, and trying to learn from what I see ;-)

Slowly Turning

If you’ve any questions, issues, tips or other aspects of perfectionism you’d like to see me explore, please do just let me know in the comment box below. And we’ll see how the rest of the month unfolds…

PS Yes, letting the light in is another reference back to Leonard Cohen’s Anthem:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

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  1. Conor Ebbs
    Twitter: ebbstachio

    Hey Joanna,

    I’m looking forward to the articles.

    Perfection, like balance, is often heralded as something to avoid striving for, for it is impossible to attain. It is, however, in the pursuit of impossible ideals that unseen opportunities and beauties can appear, and flourish.

    Love the journey.


  2. Mikaela D'Eigh says:

    Beautiful, Joanna! Thank you for the inspiring words. Perfectionism can be a writer’s worst enemy ~ I know it is for me! Better to write [and love and live!] imperfectly than not at all. That’s what first drafts are for. ;)

    Peace and grace,
    ~ Mikaela

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  4. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Conor Ebbs: “It is, however, in the pursuit of impossible ideals that unseen opportunities and beauties can appear, and flourish.”

    I have been thinking about this a lot Conor, as I explore this theme. You’re right - there is something about the pursuit of that which seems impossible, absurd, or beyond us that is exciting, fulfilling, and opens up avenues we could never have imagined. Maybe the trick is to allow those impossible ideals to be fluid, and messy though… I know when I try to make things ‘just so’ they start to go awry. Or rather, I do ;-)

    Mikaela, glad it struck a chord :-) love over fear… any day :-)

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