Editor’s Column: Progress, not perfection

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Anyone else fall into some pandemic-inspired bad habits you’re now trying to change? Whether it’s snacking all day while working from home or skipping exercise because you can’t get to the gym or digging yourself into debt with online shopping or spending entirely too many hours scrolling social media, you may be ready to take some positive steps toward change and growth.

I’m learning how to knit again. The last time I attempted knitting was when I was in elementary school. I had a little instruction from a family friend, and then taught myself from an instructional book with pictures, so some of the process is familiar to me. I have realized I learned everything backward, because I copied the pictures in the book without flipping the image… I basically taught myself to knit left-handed, even though I’m right-handed.

I’ve been working on a simple pattern, and I’ve taken it apart so many times my yard is thinning out in places. Ordinarily I would get frustrated and annoyed because I haven’t gotten the project finished yet, but I’m learning a lesson that’s applicable all the way around: progress, not perfection.

Every time I take out a row of stitches the next row is going to be better. I’m making progress, even if I’m not doing it perfectly. It’s a good reminder. Progress gets us places.

Do your best and forget the rest.

By NIKI TURNER – editor@ht1885.com

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