Friday, July 13, 2007

Because I can't do it perfectly, I can't do it at all

I am just full of deep thoughts lately. And I haven't even had my first head shrinking session yet! (It's Tuesday).

But I had a funny thought, that I thought I might share with the rest of the perfectionists out there.

I take vitamins every day (or I try). Its hard to do, because there are a lot of them, and I have to take them three times a day. I have been working doing some things that make it easier, I got some little baggies and Liat marked them with Am, Noon and PM for me (and she wrote some cute little inspiring things on them like Go Kate!), and I was pre-filling them with my vitamins, so I can grab three, throw them in my purse, and get on with my life.

I ran out of one of them, a mineral supplement that I am supposed to take three times a day.

So, because I am dedicated to getting the whole thing back on track, I hied my self down to the Co-op to get a new bottle. Unfortunately, they had to special order it. So the logical thing to do would be to just fill the baggies with the rest of what i have, take the supplements I do have until the one I am missing comes in, and then add it to the mix, right?

WRONGO! Guess what I did? I left the project on the table and walked away from it with a sense of, "Well, I can't do this until I get that, so the project is stalled, and i'll do it when the other supplement comes in."

Because if I can't do it perfectly, I am not going to do it at all.

Now, we have learned this lesson! Right? Haven't I been posting about the fact that you do the best you can with the time and resources that you have, and whatever you can do is better than nothing?? Hello? Kate? Are you listening?

So I thought I would point out that it pops up every once in a while, this silly sabotaging perfection, and I caught it red handed. Now, i am on the look out for it, I want to exterminate it from my thought process. I bet I will get a lot more done, and won't be so GRRR about the stuff I can't do. Ahhhhhh... tranquility again...


The Catharine Chronicles said...

Look, missy. If you can't do it perfectly, I say quit right now and go watch General Hospital. And eat bon-bons (don't forget the bon-bons -- they're crucial in any procrastination/postponement/perfection triangle that one launches).

Let us not forget the inspiring words of Oliver J. Whimplemeyer: "If at first you don't succeed.... who wants pie?" (Needless to say, Oliver died in total obscurity... except at Marie Callendar's, where he was something of an icon.)

You're your own best headshrinking, sugar.



a said...

Ms. Catharine, you are not only the funniest person I know, you are also uniquely inspiring and deep. (CK Dexter Haven, You have UNSUSPECTED DEPTH!).

And to answer your question, I do. I want pie. But only after I got on my 15 mile hike with Liat tomorrow!

Thanks for the kind words, its people like you that make me feel like (in the immortal words of Rob Schneider in, well, I think every movie Adam Sandler has done... YOU CAN DO IT!)

Anonymous said...

Hey- I stumbled across your blog about a month ago (when I was googling a good friend with the same name) and have been enjoying it since. Today I had to comment because I know exactly what you mean about the vitamins- I am so bad as to be derailed almost daily because I read both that vitamins should be taken with a meal and that dairy products impede absorption. Therefore I feel like I can never take my supplements if I've had a meal with even a trace of dairy- and this includes almost every meal since I'm also vegetarian and have limited sources of protein. Anyway, keep up the good fight. I've been greatly enjoying reading. (Only wish I could comment at pithily as Catherine).

a said...

Lisa, thanks so much! I am so glad you posted a comment, its nice to get to know my readers!

Its funny just how many people come across this perfection issue with the vitamins. I am going to post your comment as an actual post... I hope that's okay with you!

Thanks again for stopping by, and welcome!!