Does Perfect Exist?

It finally bit us – the baking bug. After weeks of seeing posts on various social sites, last weekend we decided to dig around the many recipe books we have and decided on our virgin bake to make scones. For our first foray into the baking world, all I can say is – what a nightmare!

The dough was so sticky we couldn’t roll it and ended up instead with dolloping it on the baking tray and hoping for the best. I confess, there were couple of moments there that the dough was headed for the bin but what a waste that would have been. So, with Planet Rock Radio playing in the background, we did what we could with it and ended up with some rock-scones instead. How apt.

After the first taste test we were mildly pleased with the outcome. I daresay it could have been worse and there was none of that shop-bought-scone weird after-feeling on the teeth. We chalked it up as a success.

We tried again this weekend with positivity despite the previous attempt, and having watched a couple of videos on what it was supposed to look like at various stages.

Should we have done more research before the first batch? Maybe, but we had the basic instructions, the ingredients and “most” of the equipment, so why delay?

Why be held back by aiming to know everything before starting something? We didn’t have all the fancy extras either, like a pastry brush or a decent set of scales or a spatula for mixing or a flour shaker for dusting the worktop.

What we did have was a goal. We wanted pudding!

This is the key to the perfect scone. If you really want to achieve the goal you set yourself, you need to get stuck in. Don’t wait for the perfect outfit before starting an exercise routine. Don’t wait to move house before you declutter. Don’t wait until you have a new laptop before you start writing the book you always dreamed you would. Don’t wait for perfection before you reveal your project to the world. Don’t wait for Monday.

Don’t wait for the perfect moment at all. There will likely be another “when” to wait for. Just get stuck in and make that first step. Perfect comes later.

Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher, said this:

“I don’t complain about the lack of time…what little I have will go far enough. Today – this day – will achieve what no tomorrow will fail to speak about. I will lay siege to the gods and shake up the world”

Despite the difficulties we had the first time baking scones and the less than perfect outcome, the experience was worth it. We had learned from it. We will definitely be speaking about it tomorrow!

Does perfect exist then? Probably not. There will always be one extra touch, piece of equipment, or can’t-put-my-finger-on-it thing that holds us back and it’s up to us to accept that and move on regardless.

And if you are wondering about this weekend’s scones – they turned out to be soft and light and just delicious! Maybe these were the perfect scones.

What are you waiting for? What is stopping you from starting work on your goals? What needs to be ‘perfect’ before you start? Maybe you’ve made the perfect scones? Share in the comments below.

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