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I try to respond to each comment left on my Instagram and Facebook posts. It is important to me that I answer those who take the time to write a comment or to ask a question. Recently someone left a message that left me feeling pretty crummy about myself as a maker and I didn’t know how to respond. I read the words over and over to make sure I was properly processing this person’s opinion of my work. I honestly sat up until two o’clock in the morning thinking about her criticism and trying to determine whether or not it had any merit.
I am not above critique. I actually look forward to constructive criticism and find tremendous value in it. I believe in order to become a better crocheter and maker has, and will continue to take a lot of work. I completed the Craft Yarn Council’s program to become a Certified Crochet Instructor for that very reason. I signed up for the course to gain feedback, positive and negative. I received both and learned most from the critical commentary.
But that one unfriendly remark on my Instagram post helped me to see something in myself, so for that I am thankful. I learned that I will fixate on one negative point and ignore all the good. My family has actually called me crazy for not selling some of the amigurumi I make because there is a flaw that no one but I can see. Once I see the defect I cannot unsee it!
While pondering over my hypersensitivity to negativity I remembered a quote from Voltaire who famously wrote,
“Perfection is the enemy of the good.”
Light bulb moment! That’s exactly what I have been doing my entire life! Literally! I’ve let perfection become an idol and good is no longer good enough. So from this day forward I am vowing to myself to do things differently.
- The pursuit of perfection is bad.
- I will fail, and it will be ok.
- People will call out my weaknesses and I don’t have to obsess over it.
- Good is not just good, it’s great!