“If practice makes perfect, but nobody is perfect. Then Why Practice?”
This was a question I once heard during a group conversation. It was several years ago, and I was not prepared for such a question. Quite honestly, it completely stumped me. And over the years I have found myself pondering that very question.
Perfection is in the Journey
We practice towards perfection, not for the attainment of perfection. But for the growth of the experience. I practice because I want to be better than I am.
“Lack of power is my dilemma,” a common statement if you have had any experience with any of the Twelve Step programs. At the beginning of the road to recovery, the admission of one’s own powerlessness is the catalyst. As a recovering person myself, my admission came from sheer desperation from having found myself from complete spiritual and emotional bankruptcy. As well as, the physical loss of family, homes, and career. Needless to say, at the point that I returned to twelve step recovery, the admission of my own powerless came with ease. However, coming to understand the realm of my powerlessness took some time.
Have you ever thought about what Hope and Fear have in common? They both have to do with what lies ahead. They only exist when we are looking to the future. When I am afraid, I may be feeling the fear right here and now. But, what I am afraid of has nothing to do with what is, it has to do with what MIGHT BE. And here is the real paradox. No matter how things come to pass, once they do, I am no longer afraid.