Close Enough

  • Christine Vander Wielen, M.S.W., LCSW
  • Series: Dear Rosa

My father was a highly educated and accomplished man, particularly for his generation. Even so, there were no airs about him. He was very down to earth, friendly to everyone and easy to be around. One of the traits that made him so easy to be around was that he was not a perfectionist. My father did not require himself or others to be flawless. He easily laughed at his own mistakes, and was fond of saying, “close enough.” If we could all accept imperfections in ourselves and others, we would learn to complain less and laugh more. After all, it does not need to be perfect, it just needs to be “close enough.”