Better left a mess! I’ll tell you why…
Perfectionism insists on perfection. When there is some element of chaos we always have something to work toward.
What a shame! We get in our own way and the things that at one time drew us toward each other can be the very things that pull pull pull us apart. Why? Because it was a mess, chaos, nothing was perfect and that is why it worked. So we set out to fix what wasn’t broken. There were things that we thought needed fixing and now that the perfectionist in us has perfected the chaos it is exactly the opposite.
Solution: Mess it back up, there are certain things that we have no business trying to organize. Time is the great organizer and it will fix what we have broken if only we get out of the way and let it happen. Naturally. Just think of how the chaos got there. It didn’t just appear, it was a gradual progression. The shoes weren’t all worn in a day and thrown on the floor all at once. Nope, it took a week, 2 or 3 to get them like that. Go ahead organize them and give it another week, 2 or even 3. You will find that before you know it and without you even realizing it the chaos has returned. Possibly more than before. But it is okay perfectionist, leave it. It is possible to live a life full of chaos if we just realize that sometimes organizing it causes way more problems than its worth.
There is a flipside to this… We insist on our perfectionistic(yep, just made it up) tendencies and then you know what happens? You get it just the way you think you want it and its not long before you forget about it. You don’t even visit or look at what was at one time a perfectly chaotic mess. Now it is just perfect so no attention is required. Think again!
Original Article by J. E., circa 2017