In response to the Daily Prompt Flawed
What is your worst quality?
In my post Reflections Of Ourselves, I talk about how everything we see in the world is a way to look at ourselves. Of course, this is only my belief, but I use it to better understand myself and make any changes to my personality traits that I consider necessary .
Let me reiterate what I said in that earlier post. If you see someone doing a gracious act, and it pulls at your heartstrings, that quality is somewhere within your psyche as well. The same is true of your talents. If you see someone with a talent you admire, that same talent lies within you as well. The talent might be dormant and may need to be cultivated, but it’s within you.
Likewise, if you see something negative within another, that quality is within you as well. Just remember that it’s only negative because of your perception of it.
Well, there’s something that used to bug me when I noticed it in others. To be honest, if I’m not careful, it still does. That thing is the need for perfection.
Oh my God! It can really get my panties in a bunch when I’m doing a project with someone and they take forever to finish one part of it. All because they need it to be perfect. Who the hell cares if one side is a centimeter longer than the other?
Once you’ve used the mirror of the Universe to see your reflection, there’s no turning back. When you’re engaging in that thing that bugs you in other people you’ll hear that still small voice. It’s there to remind you. Of course, you can acknowledge it or move on. But, most likely, it will be triggered again.
Let me give you an example.
Most of the time when I get an idea for a blog post it’s nice and simple. But when I sit to write, the perfectionist in me takes over. Right away, I want to add sources to add validity to what I’m saying. These sources expose me to more points I would like to add to my post. I then have to fit in all these other points in a cohesive way. After I finish writing I have to make sure that it will be good for SEO purposes. Did I include the correct keywords, is my title good enough, and did I use the right tags? What started out as a nice and simple blog post has now turned into a monster project. Why? Because of that perfectionist trait that bugs the s*it out of me.
In the middle of all this, I’ll get frustrated and I’ll hear that still small voice telling me “Joe, you’re doing it again.” I”ll ignore it and continue. But not without that voice telling me several more times before I’m finished.
In answering the question of the prompt, I think you can tell what it is. My worst quality is the need for perfection. Hey, but flaws can be adjusted, right?
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