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Practice Makes It Easier

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we may learn first to do with diligence.”  Samuel Johnson, Pope, (Lives of the Poets)

Somehow I think I should be able to do everything perfectly–the first time. If not the first time, then the second. If not the second time, well then, definitely the third. If I still don’t get it, there must be something wrong with me, right?

I have the above quote on my computer. Almost every day I read it and the message I get is this:  I need to be patient with myself, give myself grace and space to get used to doing new things.  I am not mechanically inclined; I get confused easily when working with even the simplest tools to do the simplest chores. Anyone unfortunate enough to be working with me needs a lot of patience.

Samuel Johnson’s words now serve as a guide and learning plan for me.

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