Do you remember learning to brush your teeth? Do you remember learning how to tie your shoes? How about walking around the room? Eating solid food? Skipping? Pulling on your pants? Neither do I…And yet, I do these things every day without a second thought. Actually, I rarely skip but I could if I so desired.
This past week I had the privilege of babysitting two charming young ladies. As they prepared for bed they took up their toothbrushes and went to work on their petite, perfect enamels. Their scrubbing took on a serious vigor. Each tooth received devoted attention until the “spice” of the paste forced a quick rinse and spit. After prayers were said and the night-song was sung and they were soundly tucked into their beds, I calculate that they’ve performed this night-time brushing ritual more than 500 times in their very short lives and yet, holding the brush is still a challenge, the minty taste still too strong, and the angles too sharp. And I wondered, how much longer will they have to practice this habit before they are masters of the brush, lords of the oral cavity, keeper of the dentistry? After all, the old saying is true: “Practice makes perfect”.
This thought made me wonder, what corners of your life skills need repetition in order to make perfect? What habits do you need to perform on a daily basis to help make them optimal? What qualities need more attention? What characteristics in your life would benefit from more practice?
Perhaps you need to practice patience. Or you may need to apply sincerity to your words. It is possible that you should exercise love for others. Think about it for a moment. What life skills and healthy habits do you need to improve through practice?
Oh, sure, it might not be easy. It is possible that your hard work might be a challenge to your body and spirit. The angles might be tricky. The taste in your mouth might be too strong. But it is only through constant practice and attention to detail that you become the master of these things that matter so very much. It may take hundred’s of tries before you get it right, but in the end it is worth the time and the attention. After all, the old saying is true: “Practice makes perfect”.