Perfection is a flawless state where everything is exactly right. It can also be the action of making something perfect. Since perfect things are without fault or flaw, perfection is a perfect condition — everything is 100% great. Of course, perfection is hard to find. People often use this word as a compliment for something that just couldn’t be better, as in “That red dress matches your red hair to perfection!” Also, if a musician is getting a song down pat, you could say she’s working on the perfection of the song: she’s learning to play it flawlessly.
The above is from the definition found at Vocabulary.com.
I strive for perfection in my violin playing, knowing I will never achieve it. Playing something in tune, rhythmically correct AND with dynamics, perfect? When you are so nervous your hands are shaky and sweaty? Not happening. I want my performance to be the best I have played it. Concentration is a big part. Being in the “Now”. When you are there, it is heaven. Nothing but what you are doing right now, no “little voices” saying “WRONG”, no husbands wondering what’s for dinner, no worrying about the audience, no future thinking and no past thinking. Does that make sense? I don’t even realize I am “there” until after the performance.
Don’t know if I have achieved this with sewing. Maybe once or twice, when I look up and go, wow, it’s time for dinner!
During this high focus on the “now” I don’t worry about how perfect it is. It just “is”. I’ve never known it to be bad. So instead of perfection, I’m looking for the focus on the present. I would like to experience it more with sewing, and then I can look at my accuracy after and see if it’s better, same or worse. I’ve said this before I’m not hung up on my accuracy in quilting, tho, I am working on it. Especially when I do only one block, like for the birthday blocks in my bee. I do sew a little straighter than I used to, so my quilts lay a little flatter. I do tend to rip out and redo more than I used to. But I really like riding a galloping horse. Everything looks lovely from the back of a galloping horse!