I’m a “lurker” who has posted only a few times, but enjoy the list and
the immensely. I had basically been ignoring the thread
on perfectionism because I’ve been in this business about 20 years and
have learned that NOTHING’s perfect.
But I read David’s post and just had to respond. David, you have the
entire thing in ONE short statement: “The first goal is to seek a
level of refinement that is appropriate to the context of the work.
No more, no less.” That’s IT! That’s the “golden rule”. I think that
I’ll make it into a sign and post it in my workshop.
And the other statement is just priceless and one I just HAVE to
remember: “Seeking perfection, as we’ve been talking about it, is akin
to looking in the handkerchief after you’ve blown your nose. Morbidly
fascinating, but usually disappointing and always in bad taste.”
David, Thanks for the enjoyable post. Bud Cravener