Back in September, Mark and I spent a week in Kauai. Talk about perfection. That island is as close to perfect as you can get. Seeing this picture makes me want to go back. Today.
This picture also makes me think about my own journey to perfection- as a whole and through individual experiences in my life.
What you see in this picture is a very long stretch of sand. We came to this location because we were looking for another location- the perfect beach (at least that is what we had been told.) We knew the beach that we were looking for was close- Google Maps was telling us that it was- so we decided to start walking. We made it across the long stretch of sand in one piece only to find this...
Okay, we thought, let's keep going. Surely it couldn't be that hard of a hike and the perfect beach is probably just around that corner. So we forged ahead.
It was rocky and a tiny bit slippery, but overall, not bad. However, I have to admit there were a couple of times when I questioned our decision when some huge waves crashed upon the rocks. I had visions of us being swept out to sea and then we would become the tourists who made a really dumb decision.
Fortunately, we were safe. We finished crossing the rocks and made it around the corner. Had we reached the perfect beach? Not quite. We still had some more sand to cross- and by sand I really mean burning hot lava. It was hot and we had no water. We had also failed to apply sunscreen yet so Mark was in danger of becoming a lobster. But we could see the beach ahead of us so we hurried as quickly as one can walk over hot lava and finally reached our destination.
Indeed it was the perfect little beach. Not too crowded. The perfect amount of waves. The beautiful sun shining overhead. It was lovely. But what if it hadn't been perfect? What if we arrived at a beach cluttered with garbage or crowded with people? What if the waves had been too large and dangerous? What if the heavens had opened and spent the next few hours raining down upon us? Then we would have gone through all of the tiresome and dangerous trek to get there only to be disappointed. I think I would have cried. (Maybe this is what my ugly cry face would have looked like. We don't know for sure.)
Okay. So where am I going with this story? Time to make a point. My point is this: The road to perfection is hard and there are no guarantees of what the final destination will hold. Sometimes we reach our perfect destinations only to find that what is there is far from perfection. Other times we get there and we are pleasantly surprised by the amount of perfection that surrounds us.
So now we have a decision to make. Because of the risk such a trek involves, should we just give up? Turn back? Not even start?
What fun would that be? If we didn't start, if we gave up and turned back, we would miss out on the journey.
This whole post started because I wanted to share some thoughts about what I have learned on my book writing journey. As usual, it turned into a lengthy post because I have a problem with rambling. But, I kind of like how it turned out. Just like my book.
Is my book the perfect version that I tried so hard to make it to be? No. There are typos, layout issues, and format problems.
Have I wanted to give up at times because I felt like it was too hard? Yes. I even spent last Monday night hating my book, not wanting to ever see it, or my computer screen, again.
Is my book starting to fulfill its purpose of inspiring people through their hard times? I think so. I have had good feedback from those who have read it.
I have learned through this process that I have to let go of my idea of perfection. My idea of perfection is a book with no typos or format issues, one that will look perfect as an ebook and that people will look at and say, "Wow. I think I would like to read that."
But that is not what perfection is for this book. Perfection is looking at boxes full of books and thinking, "Wow. I really did that." Perfection is having people tell you that they spent hours reading, even staying up late, because they could not put the book down.
Perfection is also knowing that this book came from an experience that changed my life and now I get to share that experience with others in hopes that it will spark within them the courage to face their own hardships and trials.
The road to perfection is hard.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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