Are you an artist? I am.
Let me clarify. I can barely draw a straight line. Just yesterday I was playing with a friend’s little girl when she toddled over, handed me her Etch-A-Sketch and stared at me expectantly. As I thought through my repertoire, I broke out in a cold sweat. What to draw? What to draw?
A snowman?… Three circles.
A sunshine?… One circle with lines around it.
A smiley face?… One circle. Two dots. A curved line.
A house?… One rectangle. One triangle.
That’s it, folks. That’s all I’ve got. I might manage a few other attempts, but you probably wouldn’t be able to identify the objects.
No. I’m not able to create art on the page, but mercy are the pictures I create in my head beautiful! Masterpieces. Perfection.
I can create the perfect vacation. The perfect child. The perfect job. The perfect marriage, and the perfect friendship. In my mind, I construct how things should be and how they should go.
Do you do it too? If you do, then you know what a huge problem that kind of artistry can be.
When the circumstances change…
When the “just right” words aren’t spoken…
When the ball is dropped…
When the feelings aren’t reciprocated…
That’s when the picture of perfection shatter, and the results can be ugly. It can lead to pouting and finger-pointing. Often we feel hurt even though the other person might never know what we were thinking.
In the next few weeks, I’m going to do a little series about the pictures we paint in our heads in every area of life, the effects of those pictures, and how to break the habit.
I’d love to hear. Do you create pictures of perfection? In what areas of your life?
Note: Tristina (8.21.15 11:31 am) is the winner of Twelve Inches! Congratulations, Tristina!!