Friday, September 25, 2009

New Things Stink

Learning new things can stink. One reason to go to writer's conferences is to learn, right? But there are some folks who never get around to submitting a manuscript because each time they learn something new, they go home to incorporate it in to their writing. Thus, nothing is ever finished.
We're told, in everything - not just writing - "do your best", "put your best foot forward", "don't settle" and yet if there is anything left to learn then your current effort can not be the "best". You must "settle" at some point.
"You can never be too skinny or too rich." And so we have anorexia and Bernie Madoff. Getting a 4.0 isn't good enough - weight those grades. And then there is giving 110%.
But what if for one day - I just did what I already know. If I didn't worry about also learning to knit, but just enjoyed crocheting? If I didn't look for a new recipe, but made something familiar? If I treated folks the way I know to treat them and didn't worry about what "more" I could do?
This train of thought came because of a Bible verse I found today, which I'd never noticed before. "Only let us live up to what we have already attained." (Phillipians 3:16)
Now I know the Bible points to being "people of excellence" and "striving", but this little, non-heralded verse grabbed me this morning. It speaks of contentment and of the truth that most of us know what we need to know - we just need to do it.
Hmmm - might be interesting to try.

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