In his book Drops Like Stars, Rob Bell tells a story...

Love him or hate him, Bell is a creative. A man that has a way with words. Call him a heretic, praise him as a genius...I don't really care...just don't miss the forest for the trees...please.

...In his book Drops Like Stars, Rob Bell tells a story of a ceramics class. 

As an experiment in creativity the teacher split the class into two separate groups.

One group was to be graded by quantity of the work they produced.

The other was to be graded by the quality of the work they produced.

When it came to the end of the semester he found that the group tasked with producing quantity had produced the works with the best quality.

While this groups worked and tried and discovered and made mistakes, they learned how to be better at their craft. They failed at things and improved. They tried and got better.

The other group was scared to move in fear of making a mistake. They read books on how to produce quality work. They made theories. They did little else.

The 'quality' group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.
Sometimes we are afraid to create.

Sometimes we fear to try because it won't be perfect. So we turn on the TV. Stare blankly at our smart phones.

The fact of the matter is it won't be perfect. It won't.

but if I write a book that is only 65% perfect, it will affect more lives than if I theorize about a book that is 100% perfect....but just in my head.

Release what's inside of you. Even if it isn't perfect....just keep swimming....just keep swimming....you'll get better. You'll find your voice...I believe in you.

I really do.

*image credit: http://www.fhu.edu/belltower/post/2012/03/06/Ceramics-Art-Exhibit-Visits-Troy-Plunk-Art-Gallery.aspx
1/28/2013 08:53:39 pm

I just discovered you blog today. Thank you for not just theorizing about a blog. I read the 3 latest posts, and each brought me to tears, stirred something in me to stop seeking perfection and just do, just create. Even if it's not perfect and I just do it for me, others can still be blessed by it. Thanks for encouraging someone you didn't even know existed. (I also scrolled down to your post from the 6th and saw the TARDIS... now yours is the most awesome blog ever. :0) )

David Helms
1/28/2013 10:29:40 pm

Thanks so much for reading Shannon! This comment really is a ton of encouragement to me to keep going, keep writing, because it has made a difference to someone. And the fact that you were moved to tears encourages me more than you can know.

Also if I can reference Doctor Who I totally will, it's my favorite show ever!

1/30/2013 12:10:03 pm

This is where I shoot myself. I'm supposed to speak at a church here in a few weeks, and I'm dying, trying to make it the best thing possible. I can almost guarantee that I'll beat myself up when I'm done too, because who knows what simple word I'll mispronounce or something ridiculous like that. Just thinking about it makes me sick.... but at the same time, I know I'll enjoy 80% of it, too, because I make sense like that.

2/2/2013 08:16:52 am

Doesn't make sense, but I totally get it. I'm sure you'll do great! The quest for perfection can beat the crap out of us artistic types if we let it.

jaime webb
7/31/2013 12:04:22 pm

Damn son.

David L. Helms
7/31/2013 12:21:15 pm

I shall take this as high praise! Thank you, dear one!


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