Sunday, December 27, 2009

Good Enough

Another year has almost gone by.  Normally this time of the year, I'm making my list of resolutions for next year.  But I have some different thoughts about that this year.

I'm a perfectionist.  I used to get upset if things didn't go just as I had planned.  (Yes, as you can imagine, I got upset often.)  And I wouldn't do something unless I thought I could do it as close to perfect as I could, in my eyes.  This has caused procrastination and lack of action in doing some things, because of the fear of failure, or of being imperfect.  It is only in the last 2-3 years that I've eased up on myself.  I think my mom's death really put things in perspective for me.  Some things are worth doing, even if I can't do them perfectly.  "Good enough" on some things is just that, good enough!  The time spent trying to reach from 90% to 100% can be staggering incrementally.  Is it really worth hours of additional work to get a little bit more towards perfection?  And really, nobody is perfect.  Todd showed me an article on the other day that really struck a cord with me.  The title was called "Getting to Good Enough".  It really helped me understand that not everything has to be perfect, or planned out perfectly.  It's okay to be good enough, and to plan it that way.  It would free up a lot of time and energy into other things that are enjoyable.  One thing that I can definitely apply this principle to is cleaning off my desk.  I often put it off because it seems too daunting to have to get EVERYTHING organized and off the desk.  But if my goal is to be good enough, then spending 15 minutes to get a lot of things off the desk and filed away doesn't seem so bad.

Our next door neighbor Fred gave us some freshly roasted coffee beans for Christmas.  I grinded them and made some coffee this morning.  The aroma was amazing and it was delicious.

Todd and I prepared a crock pot dish this morning before church. I chopped all the vegetables and he seared the beef and made the sauce. We put it all into the crockpot and left for church. After church, we went to In-N-Out Burger. (Yum!) Then I spent a good part of the afternoon auditing and paying bills, but I'm so glad they're done for now.

It is the Provencal Beef Stew from Cooking Light.

We added some noodles. It was really good!
[feedly mini]