When I can’t get outdoors to walk, I like to do step aerobics with my Wii Fit system. I eventually added the balance board riser attachment, so I could get a better workout. The Wii Fit system is calibrated to work with the balance board alone, so the timing with the extra height is just a bit different.
Until I added the riser I hadn’t realized just how much I was relying on the feedback from the game system. When my timing is just right, I am rewarded with PERFECT flashing on the screen and a higher score for each step. If I’m slightly off, I get a disappointing OK. If my rhythm is completely off, I get nothing.
After adding the riser to my routine, I found myself struggling to achieve all those perfect marks I had become used to and it frustrated me. I was increasingly discouraged until it dawned on me that I was getting the same aerobic exercise whether I got any score, at all.
I laughed to think of all the pressure I had been putting on myself just to see the word perfect. My goal was to get exercise for my health and I was achieving that, whether I was perfect, or not. I had gotten caught up in the need to be perfect and lost sight of my goal.
In today’s climate of zero-tolerance and constant pressure to be the best, it is important to remember that perfection is not a realistic standard.
Every one of the millions of people on earth today is unique, each one is a miracle, and not one is perfect.
When we set unreasonable demands on ourselves, they tend to carry over onto our demands of others. It makes us less compassionate, less forgiving, less loving.
We should all strive to make the most of our gifts, talents, and opportunities; to do the best we can at whatever we do without fear of failing to reach perfection. When we release ourselves from the bondage of the quest for perfection, we become free to find the joy in our best efforts, instead.
Perfection exits only in God’s love, freely given. Let go of perfect in your own life and trust in God’s perfect love.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.