When you start doubting your abilities to accomplish something to perfection and so stop doing it, it’s time for you to take another look.
A children’s book called “ISH” by Peter H. Reynolds will put a healthy new slant on showing you how.
In this charming story, a young boy loves to draw. He draws everything he sees and feels. But his big brother laughs at his drawings – and his joy in creating is dissolved.
Every picture he makes becomes a crumpled-up ball.
Except – his younger sister, unbeknownst to her brother, retrieves each picture, smooths it out, and hangs it on her bedroom wall – a gallery of her brother’s art.
When her brother discovers this, he immediately goes negative and says they don’t look perfect. “That doesn’t look like a vase!”
His sister said, “But it does look vase-ISH!” And it did – not a perfect vase, but definitely vase-ISH!
And as her brother looked at the pictures hanging on his sister’s wall, he had to agree. The flowers were flower-ISH; the trees were tree-ISH.
Thinking ‘”ishly” allowed his creativity to flow
Don’t many of us spend too much time regretting that something we make, do, create – even love – isn’t perfect?
I love this idea of “ISH”. What a wonderful sense of freedom it provides. We can get out from under the yoke of always trying to be perfect. We can try things. We can become “perfect-ISH”.
As parents, we are always trying to be perfect and are often despairing that we might just not make the mark. I’d say, why not enjoy just parenting more – enjoy parenting – ISH – and begin to love every minute
Have fun – ISH!