Tuesday, June 09, 2015

When You Tried Perfection But Failed

Remember when half of our patio looked like this?


Well, a couple years ago ol' Debra decided she was too decrepit/wise to carry that table down from upstairs (backwards) every Springtime. So she stopped, even though she missed the way it looked out there.

I'm learning it's wisdom, not weakness, to admit when you can no longer do something. That's why (for example) in a couple hours, a company will come trim our 70 feet of hedges. One must know when to say when and last week, hedge-weary ol' Debra said, "I just don't wanna anymore. The grace is gone."

Anyway, that side of the patio looked anchor-less until two weekends ago when we bought this table at a yard sale:



Then yesterday in-between rain showers, I spray-painted it and the wicker chair, rearranged things and recovered the seat of the wrought iron (or whatever) chair:






And called it Good. The contrast of color against the house is now much nicer from the street.

Anytime we push against the strong and ugly pull of lethargy and indecision and then do something, we've made our world better.

And always, better is better, even if it's only a little better.

What matters is that we shut out the loud voices taunting us that our project isn't perfection. And what matters is that we don't expect more from ourselves than even God does.

A pleasant benefit of aging is that we learn our current best has become the new perfect. And that anything done with Grace is just the way it was meant to be.




" ... for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are only dust."   ... Psalm 103:14


“Having made the decision, do not revise it unless some new fact comes to your knowledge. Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.” 
― Bertrand RussellThe Conquest of Happiness



"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."




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Oh! Almost forgot to add this which my buddy, Dolores, shared at Facebook. My fellow all-things-vintage-lovers will enjoy it much: Haunting Chalkboard Drawings.

(Super super cool stuff...)


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3 comments:

Mamka said...

Thank you! "A pleasant benefit of aging is that we learn our current best has become the new perfect. And that anything done with Grace is just the way it was meant to be."---Yes.:)

Terra said...

I think we are at the same point in aging, and I like your new table and the green color you used for it and for the wicker chair. I might get the A Lady in France Book, I like memoirs.

Debra said...

Mamka--you are most welcome! Thank-you for reading and commenting...

Terra--I'm glad you like the new look of the things on my porch! I'm almost finished with the book you mentioned. It was quite unique and I even saw her family on House Hunters which was very cool. :)

Thanks, Ladies! Blessings, Debra