I’ve always been conscious of the “journey factor” in my life. Well, maybe not always but I do have a tattoo that is a testament to my journey attitude over the years. I believe that life, with all its joys and horrors, is a continuous, ever evolving creation. One of my favorite phrases is “I’m working on it.” Often uttered with equal parts hope and frustration. Many have asked if I ever finish anything and my answer is an unequivocal “sometimes.”
I live(d) in a constant Pursuit of Perfection, certain that one day I will have done everything I intended in exactly the manner prescribed by those who prescribe such things at which point my life will be perfectly complete. Trouble is, the pursuit of perfection pre-disposes one to always be on a journey, to be striving. I’m not knocking the strive but who wants to be striving all the damned time. I want to get there already. The lack of logic in my past reasoning was not readily apparent to me. I wasn’t always so smart. As you can imagine, I was thoroughly exasperated from attempting to launch my ambitions from an impossible platform. I was on a fool’s errand.
Never one to enjoy looking like (or being) a fool, I have come up with a new plan. My life is, and always has been, a work in progress whether I’ve liked it or not. Having matured and mellowed, I’m discovering the wisdom in embracing what is while consciously intending and moving toward what I want. My motto and approach is one of kaizen, the Japanese term for continuous improvement.
My challenge in writing this blog will be to resist my deep-seated urge to write only after I’ve figured it all out.
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