02/07/2013 06:05 pm ET Updated Apr 09, 2013

If It Ain't Broke, Fix it

Official spokespersons for the NRA are defending their reversal on supporting background checks for gun purchases because it "is not working."

Let's see, what would this be like in other areas? "Team, it's half time and we're losing; let's quit." Or, "Honey, we seem to be having communication problems; let's stop going to our communication class." Even better yet," I'm hungry, I better stop eating."

In other words, if something isn't perfect by all means give up! Now, that sounds like a surefire recipe for success. Actually, it might as easily become the mantra for deluded human beings, especially the way we view our personal growth. We demand perfection of ourselves, all or nothing, as if that has ever been possible.

Common sense says work with what you've got but, as Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry character quipped, "A man's gotta know his limitations." On one hand that is practical. On the other it's inside the box thinking. How about testing those limitations? How about starting with what we've got and expanding?

Background checks aren't perfect. So what? That doesn't mean we should abandon them. Let's use them... and make the system better. The two aren't mutually exclusive. But that often seems to be the attitude, especially about changes we'd like to make in our lives.

When is it too late to change? When is that exact moment when a dog becomes too old to learn new tricks? For some of us, as we age, our lives become a surprising revelation of doing the impossible because it's possible! Imperfections of the moment are no show-stopper. In fact, the concept of perfection is an illusion! We will always be works in progress.

All this reminds me of the story about a gardener who warned the King that the tree he told him to plant would take ninety years to grow. "Then you better plant it this afternoon," said the King.

Now is always the best time to start!
Written in collaboration with -- Will Wilkinson

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