On Being Purfact

040911_RP77677_TRGT2025 Newsweek recently profiled a quick story of overcoming failure from world class violinist Joshua Bell.  Now, I’ve been a fan of Bell’s ever since he played a concert in a Washington Metro station just to make a point that we should pay attention to what is going on around us.

Bell tells of being in competition as a young person with a piece that had a very difficult, challenging beginning – – – that he completely “messed it up worse than (he) ever could have imagined.” In the end, he stopped, restarted, and did wonderfully as the pressure to be perfect was now off.  Lesson learned: For me it was a major revelation, and it taught me that when you take your mind off worrying about being perfect all the time, sometimes amazing things can happen.  The article is worth a quick read and certainly is a story worth retelling.    <image source>

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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