SoCS — The Perfectionist

Wesley was a perfectionist. He took pride in making sure everything he did was done to the highest standard. Whether it was his work, his hobbies, or even his relationships, he wanted everything to meet his expectations perfectly.

In all of his activities, Wesley put in everything he had, always striving to do better. People who met him were always impressed by the level of dedication he had towards perfectionism.

Despite his endless drive and motivation, he often felt overwhelmed by the pressure he put on himself to do everything to perfection. This caused most of his interpersonal relationships to suffer. When his girlfriend told him she could no longer take his obsession with perfectionism and left him, Wesley decided that the price he was paying for perfection was too high.

He accepted that he could let go of his need to always be perfect in every facet of his life, and made a conscious decision to accept his own imperfections, and equally as important, those in others.

Wesley soon discovered that, as he allowed himself to be more forgiving and understanding of his mistakes, he was able to enjoy life more and to focus on the positive aspects of his accomplishments. He was also able to build better and more meaningful relationships as he learned to accept himself, flaws and all.

He learned that perfection doesn’t have to be the goal. He accepted that it is okay to make mistakes and that we all have our own unique strengths and weaknesses. The important thing, Wesley realized, is to find a balance between striving for perfection and recognizing our own human imperfections.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where Linda has given us the word “perfection.”

I have a confession to make. I am still struggling in my recovery from a fractured hip to maintain the energy to write posts in response to prompts. So I opened up an app on my iPhone called ChatAI. It leverages an artificial intelligence technology called ChatGPT. I instructed the ChatAI app to “Write a story about a perfectionist.” This post is the result. Could you tell as you were reading it that it was written by a chatbot?

27 thoughts on “SoCS — The Perfectionist

  1. bushboy February 4, 2023 / 3:09 am

    Wesleys girlfriend is now sad he is not a perfectionist any more especially in bed

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  2. Sadje February 4, 2023 / 3:12 am

    I’m glad Wesley found the right way to do things

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  3. Carol anne February 4, 2023 / 3:37 am

    Nope, I would have never guessed!
    Sorry your struggling, Fandango! Sending hugs and my support!

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    • Fandango February 4, 2023 / 9:41 am

      Thanks, Carol Anne.


  4. Maria Michaela February 4, 2023 / 3:59 am

    I actually thought this was good but a little different than your usual and wasn’t so sure if it was really you.

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    • Renard Moreau February 4, 2023 / 6:52 am

      🤔 I would have never guessed that it was written by a chatbot, Fandango.

      Recovering from a fractured hip in your 70s might take longer than average.

      I do wish you a speedy recovery, my friend.

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      • Fandango February 4, 2023 / 7:11 am

        It wasn’t bad but I would have handled the transition from perfectionist to normal human being with flaws and imperfections differently.

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    • Fandango February 4, 2023 / 7:18 am

      I think it needed something to spice it up. It was kind of dry and lacking wit.


  5. newepicauthor February 4, 2023 / 5:51 am

    I had no clue that this was an AI Chatbot story, although I did wonder where you got the energy to write this, as your wonderful stories have been greatly missed around here.

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  6. Mister Bump UK February 4, 2023 / 6:24 am

    I didn’t realise it was AI, no, but it wasn’t brilliant quality. But AI will keep on improving. How does it work out the plot?

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    • Fandango February 4, 2023 / 7:15 am

      I don’t know how it came up with plot. I just asked it to write a story about a perfectionist.

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      • Mister Bump UK February 4, 2023 / 7:52 am

        It came up with a rudimentary limerick, too, but it misses the polish.

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  7. Lauren February 4, 2023 / 6:31 am

    I am late to the game. I am sorry about the need for the surgery. I’ll need to do tons of catching up on the wonderful writers I’ve not been reading. As you stated, having the energy to write is a lot to do.

    I wouldn’t have guessed it was AI . But to be honest, it wasn’t quite the perfection job you normally write. Get it?

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    • Fandango February 4, 2023 / 7:14 am

      Yes, I’m sure you know how hard it is to maintain a level of energy while going through a medical episode.

      And yes, I see what you did, there, Lauren! 😉


  8. Misky February 4, 2023 / 7:35 am

    I use ChatAI for quick recipes, gift ideas for grandchildren, book suggestion on certain topics, author names, artists, image suggestions. Haven’t asked it to write me poetry yet. Might do tonight for a laugh, if I can get on the server. Leave it to a bot to suggest that humans have imperfections. HA!

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  9. rugby843 February 4, 2023 / 9:08 am

    I’ve been reading about this new AI and don’t think it’s for me but enjoy!  Love the photo😂

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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  10. JT Twissel February 4, 2023 / 10:53 am

    So true. I have worked for perfectionists and they often only see one way of doing things.

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  11. Nope, Not Pam February 4, 2023 / 11:16 am

    No I couldn’t, but I could relate to it. It reminded me of my obsessive compulsive disorder

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  12. Michelle February 4, 2023 / 11:27 am

    One thing I’ve noticed about Chatbot writing is a feeling of simplicity and immaturity. There’s no one thing, it’s just the overall tone. No doubt this will improve as the bots get more practiced.

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  13. ben Alexander February 4, 2023 / 9:14 pm

    Fandango – I hope you recover quickly! As I was reading this, I felt it wasn’t up to your usual standards – so I wasn’t surprised by your admission at the end. The language was very simple, I felt.


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    • Fandango February 4, 2023 / 10:10 pm

      I agree, David. Dry and without much wit.

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  14. leigha66 February 5, 2023 / 1:15 am

    I did not know it was a AI, but it did not seem anything like your normal writing. I was kind of hoping for a guy who cuts the grass with scissors, my grandmother actually did the trimming that way a lot. She did have a nice yard but…

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