Many people who know me can attest to my status as a grammar Nazi. I fear my own spelling mistakes and grammatical errors so much that I proof read each post twice or thrice before it goes up. So much so that I know people who stopped talking to me online because they feared my critique of their spelling and grammar. This week however I have received a dose of my own medicine in large quantities (I see a couple of you smile and say β€œHA! In your face!”) Well, let me then describe the situation. I have been sitting for my exams for the last two weeks and hence I was so pre-occupied with the bloody things that all my writing was riddled with spelling mistakes.

Nature, in it's purest form, unperturbed by man, is perfect.

Now for all of you who think that this is leading up to an apology let me make it clear. It isn’t. I still expect you to write I’m not am and you’re and your to be used properly. The experience did get the creative juices flowing and had me thinking though. We expect nothing short of perfection from others while failing to realize that we ourselves cannot be perfect. Somehow we believe that everything from everyone should go as planned while there are so many other factors that must be considered. Yet, we fail to consider these factors, live our lives on a ceteris paribus basis. So who are we kidding? I mean nobody is perfect so why try to be, right?

Wrong. In as much as we can all claim that the strive for perfection is a pointless journey, would we then be comfortable weaving around the corners of mediocrity and average? We seem to be too comfortable with our lives not pushing ourselves to the limit or even trying to approach the limit of our intellectual and physical capabilities. The English have a saying: Aim for the stars if you miss at least you will fall on a cloud. So maybe that is my point today, strive to be perfect. Push yourself towards that improbable goal that is perfection. At the very least, you will be above average.

  8 comments for “Perfection

  1. March 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Try to be the best you can be… just dont try to be perfect.. I think its too boring a thing to be… It makes no sense to be perfect….it kills the beauty of life.

    • michael
      March 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Being the best you can be meaning accepting set ceilings. Being perfect means rejecting them. Push yourself towards perfection. Then again, agree to disagree?

  2. March 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    While at it, ‘doing exams’ is a no no. You sit for exams.

    You’re not perfect, no. The message is clear though.

    • michael
      March 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

      You don’t do exams? Well, you learn something new everyday don’t you? =) Will edit that out.

      Thanks for stopping by. Keep reading. =)

      One more thing, I’m not perfect, I’m far from it but a man can only try…

  3. March 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Well, you’re welcome. I, for true, know that my posts have huge blemishes. At times i think….. what? How the hell did I say that? When I started blogging my posts depended on the unction; the spur of revelation; the moments anointing. Now I have learnt to sleep over the post, read it a few more times before I release it.

    I love your posts and the site. Was introduced through Ndiinda’s ‘writethinking’ series on Wamathai.

    • michael
      March 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you again. :-)

      The unction does play a bug role when it comes to writing but in the heat of the moment we stumble over our words, fall prey to a double l at the end of powerful. That is why you need to step back for a while and look once or twice and decide if that was really the best way you could frame what was coming out of your mind.

      See you next week, same time, same place, yes?

  4. March 16, 2011 at 2:46 am

    ‘old on, ‘old on! (Said with surprisingly genuine Jamaican accent πŸ˜‰ U wanna telz me dat u cnt sTaNd wen pple ryt in ungramatikal English? πŸ˜€ Eh eh! Isn’t that a bit…much? Ok, but seriously aren’t you just a tad anal about it? Where’s your enthusiasm for mistakes? And being wrong? Without those, how will you grow? Try to embrace mistakes, for they lead to correction. C’mon man, get out your crayons and mutilate that margin line! πŸ˜€ Throw yourself in that mud puddle, look how much fun the pigs are having! And c’mon, you know we love us some pork πŸ˜‰ I say unspell/misspell/do anything but spell your next blog post! Remember, you can learn a lot from the devil πŸ˜‰

    • michael
      March 16, 2011 at 6:45 am

      I agree on some level. Mistakes are generally acceptable. In fact if you read the comments above I made one as well in the post (and have made a couple in the past). That being said writing. “hi wz n ur hd ystrday” is not a mistake, it is an intentional effort to piss me off. =) Maybe you are right, I am being just a little *smallest of spaces between index finger and thumb* anal about it but aren’t you being a but loose with it as well? The devil can teach you a great deal but learn your lesson and run lest he goes with your soul as well. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by though. Keep reading.

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