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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again Differently

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Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

— Mary Anne Radmacher

We’ve all heard the old saw about – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  The part that they leave out is that if you just keep doing the same thing over and over, in most cases, it’s not going to lead to success.  It’s going to lead to frustration.

I find myself falling into this mistake every once in a while.  Usually, I do it with physical tasks – something requiring manual dexterity.  You may find this hard to believe, but I was born without Continue reading » If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again Differently

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Are you up for a quest for excellence?

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

— Pat Riley

In my last post, Purple Squirrel Hunting, I tendered the opinion that perfection is an impossible dream. And even though I also proffered the idea that settling could be a viable alternative strategy, many people consider settling a step backward.  Thats because we often assume that settling means compromising our Continue reading » Quest for Excellence aka Purple Squirrel Hunt, Pt. 2

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Hitting Bottom

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The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks.

— Unknown

It is an old truism that people who struggle with addiction must “hit bottom” before they can truly choose to make the hard choice to be “sober.”  For people who are part of the “Anonymous” community (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) this is considered part of the process.  I don’t know if they’ve truly hit bottom but at some point, something in them decides that they’ve had enough.  For each and every person who makes that choice, it’s a significant moment when Continue reading » Hitting Bottom

Wabi Sabi – Making Peace with Imperfection

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Which of your “imperfections” will you celebrate?  How would doing so change how you live?

Appreciate this and every moment no matter how imperfect, for this moment is your life.  When you reject this moment you reject your life.  You don’t have to settle for this moment, you are free to steer a different course, but for now, this moment is yours, so be mindful to make the most of it.

— Taro Gold

In my last post I wrote “I can do better.” Yet today I’m recommending that we make peace with imperfection.  Am I spewing oxymorons?  Spinning an evil plot?  Spawning a diametrically opposed battle of wills?  Naw.  I believe both ideas can live in harmony.  And, no surprise, the Japanese have a name for that harmony – they call it Wabi Sabi.

Wabi sabi is a term that describes the beauty to be found in imperfection. It originates in Japan, where artists will often leave subtle fractures in the glaze of a vase or a rough surface on a bowl as a reminder of the wabi-sabi nature of life. Wabi sabi recognizes that all of life is in a constant state of change and that decay is as much a part of life as growth.

— Lori Erickson

Better Isn’t Perfect

Better, perhaps even “best” doesn’t necessarily make perfect. I hark back to the university instructor who Continue reading » Wabi Sabi – Making Peace with Imperfection

We Can Do Better…

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How about you, can you do better?  Do you want to?

I like the sound of “we can do better”.  It gives me courage.  I want to make it my own as in: “I can do better…”  I’ve been thinking about this for a while now.  You see, a few weeks ago our church bulletin published these questions:

  • Have you ever been stuck in neutral?
  • What is difficult for you to change?
  • What are you fishing for?
  • How might God be trying to draw you into doing something in a new way?
  • — Quest, April 18, 2010

These questions got me to thinking about several important things that I expected to have “done” by now.  And to asking myself: When will they be done? How will I get them done?

At the same time those bulletin questions were published, the story of Billy and Fireman Bob resurfaced… which gave me more food for thought.

Billy and Fireman Bob

Continue reading » We Can Do Better…