persevere


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Climber (Photo credit: Rich Jacques)

“Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.” -Lord Chesterfield

How many skills have you let rest as “good enough”?

What skills are worth the time and effort..to the detriment of what others? Is perfection in “everything” possible to even attempt?

Is “perfection” ultimately a display of skill or a frame of mind? I think of the Zen tea ceremony. Is it really about perfection of every movement? Or is it about the “perfect mindfulness” in anything you do?

How far do you take this idea before it has no real useful meaning?  Like Kyudo…is the “perfect shot” one that can miss the target? From a practical manner (as in life or death) isn’t a hit all that really matters? But are practical matters all that there really is when we discuss “perfection”?

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