Daily Touch of Inspirations
August 1st: Don't go expecting perfection
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
We want things to go perfectly, so we tell ourselves that we'll get started or once we have our bearings. When, really, it'd be better to focus on making do with how things actually are.
Marcus reminded himself: "Don't await the perfection of Plato's Republic." He wasn't expecting the world to be exactly the way he wanted it to be, but Marcus knew instinctively, as the Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper would later write, that "he alone can do good who knows what things are like and what their situation is."
Today, we won't let our honest understanding of the world stop us from trying to make the best of it. Nor will we let petty annoyances and minor obstacles get in the way of the important job we have to do.