Ecclesiastes 11:4

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” Ecclesiastes 11:4

I’m on a huge Ecclesiastes kick right now. This text summons up precisely the battle a lot of us face with perfectionism, procrastination, and resistance. Here’s Solomon in an ancient text reaching through history to tell us today that in his time they struggled with the same exact thing we deal with today.

This drawing to me is not perfect – but it perfectly illustrates the point. There is no perfect work. The perfect drawing isn’t out there and if it is I won’t be the one to draw it. We are not called to perfection; we are called to work. The weather, our feelings, and the outcome are all things totally out of our control. Later in the chapter Solomon says:

“Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both.”

My feelings on the quality of this drawing don’t matter – I’m just happy it’s been planted. 🌱

By Paul Mignard

Illustrator and Sketchnoter. I prefer pizza over tacos. I like to draw things without fur much more than things with fur. When presented with two choices I pick the one that's less complicated.