Done And Perfect
She has been reading it and giving me frequent updates on the stories she had read. Recently she said to me, “Say, Ralph, did you know there is a mistake in your book?”
Ralph: There are several mistakes but you’re probably referring to the one on page 257 where I wrote ‘won’t not’. I forgot to take out the word ‘not’.
Lady: Yeah. . . that’s the one. . . how did you know?
Ralph: I read that text several times before having it printed and still missed it. Editing your own writing is really hard. Then once you think it is okay and send it off you notice the mistakes.
Lady: So. . .are you going to fix it?
Ralph: I don’t know.
Lady: You don’t know?
Ralph: When I first saw it, I was mad. Then I thought maybe I created a new phrase – ‘won’t not’. It may end up meaning ‘absolutely, positively no way in the world’. I know a lady who created her own word – hitonious. So maybe, ‘won’t not’ will become the next popular phrase. That and sometimes, done is better than perfect.
Our visit ended. I sat there for a minute and thought about it. For a lot of things in life that is true - done is better than perfect.