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For years now I have been trying to write some type of journal every day. Needless to say, perfectionism has always gotten in the way. Sure I start to write and journal, but then inevitably I get caught up in wanting and trying to write everything and I end up giving up because it becomes “too much” for me to handle. It was especially evident to me when I started to journal about my eldest son and his army experiences after he was drafted. It went really well for a few days and then I missed a day, or didn’t have much time and in my eyes it wasn’t “perfect” anymore and I lost my drive to continue doing something that was imperfect.

This morning as I am rushing to get things done before work (it is Friday and we have a lot of company coming for the Sabbath), I said to myself, you know you just started a new type of journal only yesterday. Today is going to be a really packed and stressful day-when are you ever going to find time to write? I then realized, you know it probably won’t take me more than 5 or 10 minutes to write something. So what if it won’t be too long or perfect enough. The point is to be true to myself and to write something.

So now I have exactly 5 minutes before I leave to work, and I still need to get dressed, BUT I have written today and I am very pleased with myself.

There is never going to be a perfect time for anything, we just have to grab a few minutes here and there and in just 365 days, imagine how we will be able to look back on the year and see all that we have done. Imagine if we continue to do this for the rest of our lives.  Years from now we will God willing be able to see all the great things we have done in our life a few minutes at a time, and I think it will look quite perfect in retrospect.

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