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PARALYTIC PERFECTION

Born in San Francisco with having to be "perfect" a HUGE part of my ancestral DNA, I was raised by stoic and regimental ~ yet very loving Costa Rican Germans.


My Grandfather ~ a European trained piano finisher had to be 100% perfect in preforming his art at Steinway & Sons.


My Grandmother and Mother both world-class embroiderers for I. Magnin ~ the #1 high fashion department store in San Francisco during the 50's and 60's, also had to be perfect in their custom work for celebrities.


Respecting all spiritual beliefs, I am a recovering Roman Catholic that was literally schooled in perfection: perfect penmanship; praying ~ holding perfectly placed palms; and having to wear an impeccably perfect uniform.


Even as a child, I chose to have: my Tonka Trucks in perfect order according to size; my baseball and football cards shoe-box packed according to team in alphabetical order, position played and year printed.


Working for Safeway Food Stores as a teenager, I personally decided to have my Produce Department oranges, apples, tomatoes, pears, etc., perfectly stacked like pyramids before going home.


As a young adult, all of my walk-in closet shirts, slacks, suits, coats and jeans were hung in only 1 direction according to color, pattern and event requirement.


And my friends sarcastically yammered that my hand-carved Thailand teakwood furniture was an uncomfortable to sit-on jungle museum.


Niles and Frasier of the eponymous TV show, were excellent examples of my behavior before I decided to "let go and let God" and live in Divine Allowance.


Yet there are certain occupations and competitive sports that require absolute perfection:


° Brain surgeon


° Bolshoi ballet multiple pirouette


° Stringing & tuning a 1667 Stradivarius violin


° Cliff diving off La Quebrada


At the La Quebrada Cliffs in Acapulco, the imminent danger is that the divers would immediately die if their timing and performance are not PERFECT; having only three seconds in the swirling winds before they reach the only 4 meters deep ocean.


In today's more than ever competitive work place, seeking perfection can cause loss of focus and time, resulting in not accomplishing the assigned task when due.


Reggie Jackson ~ #14 in the all-time top home run hitters list with 563, struck-out a record 2,597 times.


Out of the almost 20,000 men that have played major league baseball, "The straw that stirred the drink" never focused on his misses ~ but on helping his teams win 5 World Series.


Emulating Reggie Jackson's passion for winning and forsaking perfection is what today's business leaders must accomplish to thrive and not just survive.


Bottom line_________our last shirt has no pockets and there are never U-Hauls behind funeral wagons.


Life quality is what it's all about.