On New Year’s Eve, my 6 year old was helping to cut bread for a breakfast casserole that we’d be having in the morning. She was dressed in her pajamas, happily cutting away at the slices of bread and trying to make them perfect squares. The recipe was not contingent on perfectly square pieces of bread (are they ever?), but she was trying her hardest to make them nonetheless.
“Sweetheart, they don’t have to be perfect. You’re doing a great job cutting them into pieces and that’s what we need,” I said, watching her frown in concentration over the pieces she’d just cut.
Her brow unfurled and she breathed out a sigh. “I don’t have to make them perfect, I just have to do the job the best I can,” she smiled.
Children have such wisdom, don’t they? How often do we struggle with making things “perfect” or what we imagine perfect to be, when all we really need to do is the best we can? Whether it’s perfectly square pieces of bread, perfectly written lesson plans, perfectly made meals, a perfectly clean house, or a perfectly done job….that perfection is not required.
What matters is doing the best you can in that moment.
You don’t have to be perfect. Just do your best.