Sometimes I get side-tracked by the pursuit of perfection. Here’s my dilemma ….
I love reducing the number of items I have – living with less – clearing the clutter. It helps my outlook, my contentment levels and my appreciation for what I have.
But I can get locked into a mindset that looks like this:
- I would love to have just one good quality item, instead of many mediocre ones.
- So, if I’m just going to have just one, then it needs to tick all the right boxes.
- It needs to be perfect.
- I’ll let go all the mediocre items and keep the best quality one.
- Or, I’ll let go all the mediocre items and purchase a new one, that fits my requirements.
A single, perfect item is, to me, worth many lesser items – quality over quantity.
But the quest for perfection …. that’s a long road to travel! It’s full of false promises, hidden glimpses and disappointments.
So, is it better to make do with the mediocre items, until you find the perfect one? Or do you ruthlessly discard everything up front? Or does the perfect item not ever really exist?
I’ve noticed that when I do keep/buy something I consider to fit all my requirements, I rarely think of it again. I use it and I look after and am thrilled to have it but I am satisfied so I don’t need to think of it.
I don’t want to always be on the lookout for perfect things. Perhaps part of the minimalism journey is just to make the best of what we have, living with imperfections.
Minimalism is a means to an end, not an end in itself. I don’t really think I’m going to end up in a calm, white space with a small number of carefully curated, perfect things, surveying my domain with a sense of satisfaction. That’s not the point.
I don’t want to get discontented on my journey to become more content.
I always love to hear your views – has anyone else got caught up in the pursuit of perfection? Have a great week 🙂
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