Interesting paradox, isn’t it? When I decided on the title of this blog, I’d only ever heard the first version of the proverb. But after a quick google search, I came across the second and I think I like it better. It is considerably more freeing. If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing just to do it and never mind the consequences. Worry about perfection should not keep us from exploring the world and what it has to offer.
For as long as I can remember, I have been the type to dive right in to the deep end without actually checking if I know how to swim first. Because why not? The world is full of incredible things to do and amazing opportunities and if you don’t say yes to them then you never get to do anything.
I had a teacher in high school who told me I was the type of person who wanted to try all the ice cream flavors in a shop in case one of them melted. I guess these days that would be called FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out, for those of you not up on the latest lingo.) And at the time, he was probably right. It actually has gotten me into trouble over the years as I frantically tried not to miss out on anything. All that got me was profound discontentment and the neglect of the things in my life that truly mattered.
So I don’t recommend that mindset. After a much needed wake up call a few years ago, I’m beginning to find a good balance of accepting opportunities to do the things I love without neglecting the ones I love.
So what is this blog about? Well, it is about the things that I love doing. It is about finding time in your life to do the things that are worth doing. It is about finding joy in what you have, and realizing joy when it seems to be lacking. It is about volunteerism and wellness. It is about work and communications and marketing. It is about family and friends and dogs. It’s about what I have learned and continue to learn. It’s about living a life full of things worth doing.
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