The other day one of my sons wanted to cook up a little surprise for our family. He worked hard to make some onion bhaji based on a recipe that one of his college friends taught him. (You can try making some of your own bhajis by following this recipe.)
Everyone enjoyed our special appetizers and found them quite tasty, but I noticed my son was a little upset and I asked him what the problem was. He was disappointed that the bhaji hadn't turned out exactly how he had hoped and had actually thrown some of them away because he didn't think they were "good enough" to serve.
We are often our own worst critics, and many times the fear of "less than perfect" paralyzes our work.
Sometimes parts of an exhibition or a new program won't be completed or be *perfect* on opening day -- and while that might gnaw at us as creators, our visitors are usually focused on the 99% of what's working well, not the 1% that's missing or imperfect.
Let's continue to learn from our failures, but let's also take time to savor our successes.
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