Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Perfectly Practical #215 - Excellence Does NOT Mean Perfection

January brings a fresh start.

So many of us strive to become better versions of ourselves in the New Year by losing weight, getting a handle on our finances, making more of our relationships, etc.  Those things are most certainly encouraged and admirable.

We set ourselves up for failure mentally though when we make resolutions and at the first stumbling block, we stay down instead of getting back up.

We think that excellence is perfection since often those two very separate entities are used interchangeably.
Ecclesiastes 9:10  "Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might..."
Excellence embodies the idea of intention and execution.

Excellence for an adult and excellence for a child will be just as different as your excellence and your neighbor's excellence.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity about personal failures, excellence is about doing the absolute best one can with what is available.

I Corinthians 10:31 "Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God..."

Perfection leaves no room for improvement.  

There is an old wives' tale that says the Amish quilters make one mistake in each quilt to show that man is not perfect.  It's called the "Humility Block" but as any needleworker knows, there are plenty of mistakes to be made without adding intentional ones.

There is nothing wrong with striving for perfection.  Just realize that we are flawed people and have room to grow.

Excellence focuses on doing the best for others while perfection seems to be doing the best for my glory.

I love impromptu entertaining.  It forces me to get over myself.

For instance:

If people show up at my house and I greet them warmly, feed them, and pay attention to them I will have achieved excellence.  I did the best I could in the situation for the welfare of my guests.

My guests will most likely overlook any imperfections like a wet towel on the guest bathroom floor, the leftovers on their plate, and that I am still in yoga pants.

If instead, I opened the door to unexpected guests then promptly left them to do a quick whiz around the house to make sure everything was in place, spent time away from them to whip up a fabulous dinner, and then showered and dressed while they were still there, yes, everything would have been perfect; but, they would have felt neglected and probably noticed any flaws.  (They would have had quite a bit of time on their hands to scrutinize after all.)

The bottom line is this - intend to do and follow through.

Don't confuse excellence with perfection.  Be the best you can be.  Do the best you can do.  

Life isn't perfect but it can be excellent.

This is part of WFMW.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Madly in Love

I was violently ill last week.
For one whole day, I was rendered useless as my body staged a coup against me.

Engineer was my nursemaid, er, nurseman, um, nurse.

He got on with everything that needed doing without having to constantly ask what he needed to do.

He let me rest and get better.

1-4-3 EM!  Thank you for nursing me back to health and not letting the household go to heck in a handbasket in the meantime.

Monday, January 26, 2015


That's what today has felt like.

This morning I started out with a fairly manageable to do list that grew throughout the day into a ravenous monster needing evermore inky notes scribbled across its face to appease the beast.  

Seriously, every time I crossed off one line item, three more took its place.  Ridiculous!

I am just now sitting down to write this blog post that was on my early morning section on the list...I digress...

Last Sunday we said goodbye to my in-laws who had come up from the New Orleans area for a visit then headed over to Marshall to celebrate my little, um, excuse me, younger brother's birthday.  Diva spent the night with my parents that night.  We try to get in as much Daddy-dad and Nan time as we can since Diva went from seeing them nearly every day to seeing them once every couple of weeks or so.

The rest of the week carried on at a very pleasant pace, and I was thankful for it by the time Saturday rolled around.

Saturday was full on.  I went to brunch with my Marshall girlfriends and took my Bossier friend Holly with me.  From there, Engineer and Diva picked me up and we headed to lunch with some friends in Hallsville.  We left our sweet friends to take Diva back to Marshall to spend the night with one of her buddies and attend a dance at her old school.  It was Diva's first school dance ever.  She had a blast and woke up sore the next day from dancing all night long.
I remember those days...they were good'ns.

This week we will be eating:

Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Sausage, Peppers, & Grits Casserole w/Salad
Tuesday - Crab Stuffed Catfish w/Rice & Mixed Veggies
Wednesday - Dinner w/Friends
Thursday - Red Beans & Rice w/Cornbread and Salad
Friday - Lasagna & Salad
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fall Hats 2014

Oh my goodness!

I totally forgot to keep up with my hatography (I may have made that word up.)

Not all that many hats were worn last autumn, but here's what I've got for you:

A vintage magenta turban picked up at an estate sale.

I am particularly fond of that hat as I wore it to my Bridesmaids' Tea before we were married.

The purple felt floppy hat was a Christmas gift from my in-laws a couple of years ago.

This is part of WIWW.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Madly in Love

Last semester Diva's school had "Spirit Week" and each day had a theme.

Most of the children saw the themes in a straightforward way:  house colors, school colors, favorite characters, twins day, etc.  Diva saw each of those days as a personal challenge.

She wore flamboyant costumes, portrayed obscure characters, and was generally ridiculous in the most wonderfully creative ways.

1-4-3 DM!  Your creativity and ability to think outside the box amazes me.
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