Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

Do you stumble over your own feet? Precision doesn’t have that option!

Some people are generally clumsy.  That is an opposite of being sure-footed.  My husband, who is 6ft 5inches is often asked if he was a basketball player.  His response is “I couldn’t chew gum and walk at the same time!”  Those who want to be their best at coordination, especially within a group, find that there is no room for error. We found that true when we were treated by our son to an evening at La Nouba Cirque Du Soleil, which is an excellent show, with high wire performances to take one’s breath away and special acts that require expert precision.

Precision is defined as being precise or having exactness.   .   The dedication in becoming so perfect as being described a the ultimate in precision is a talent that takes months…if not years…to achieve.

A quote about perfection is as follows:  One minute was enough. A person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.

This may be true for no matter how hard a person or team has to work at achieving this moment…once it has happened…there will always be the chance for a mistake which will be noticed more than any of the other moment of exactness.

Why do we want to be a part of a chance to do something others cannot…or will not …do.  Either they are too lazy or the lack of self-discipline to try….or they do not see the value in trying to go beyond what is the norm.   Take the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon as an example.   The self-discipline and the ability to work as a unit is almost mesmerizing.  (See video below).  It is hard to believe that this many men can achieve such “perfection”…or at least exactness.   Does it build character?   You have to believe that it does.   How many times did one of the rifles fall?   How many times did all get the movement right except one…to have to redo and redo it again?   This is the physical world…the no-nonsense desire to achieve…to make something as totally correct as it can be.   It may be a goal that one sets for himself.   We can be the best that we can be.  This is, of course, if we have the determination or courage.

In the spiritual world, we are told we can “do all things in Christ Who strengthens me.”   Determination…strength of spirit…fortitude…all take drill and practice.  One will say, “No one is perfect.  There will be something that is not exact.  Yes, but the trick is to make it so minute that it is totally unnoticed.

3 responses

  1. Thank you for writing your thoughts and your interesting story about seeing the performer in Russia. I’m glad that you are going to strive to do your best in all you do. Blessings! Nancy

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    August 23, 2014 at 22:21

  2. Anonymous

    These Marines were very impressive and I am in awe of their dedication to perform so perfectly! Your comments about achieving one moment of perfection and making a mistake the next moment brought to mind a circus performer in Moscow I saw in 1976. A Russian juggler did a splendid performance juggling all kinds of objects, but dropped one pin out of about 12 in his final act. Two guards ushered him back in after he left the ring and made him do it again–this time perfectly. He did and we were still in awe of his ability (and the Communist Party who forced the juggler to redeem their “world-image” after his slip up.) I am reminded to strive for excellence in what I do!

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    August 23, 2014 at 06:49

  3. Your quote about your husband is having me giggle my way through this morning!

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    August 17, 2014 at 17:22