Saturday, April 2, 2016

If it's worth doing...

We’ve talked about being shitty at something.  Now it’s time to visit a topic we’ll talk about quite a bit during this blog.  Being amazing is the best thing in the world.  How’s that for an obvious statement?  My Dad would always say “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”  On the surface that sounds like a very straight forward and easy thing to do, and something that would be pretty easy to follow.  Turns out this is the toughest thing in the world and something that separates mediocre from amazing.  We all know that we’ve done things mediocrely(pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve used that word), we know the feeling “mediocrely” elicits after we’re done.  We also all know the feeling we have after “a job well done”.  These are two very distinct feelings.  Sometimes, due to circumstances, we need to be ok with mediocre.  I know that with kids running around and everything else going on in life I’m not amazing at cleaning the house.  In fact, I’d say it’s a fools errand to even try to be amazing at everything.  Simply can’t be done.  But there are those things in life that we need to be amazing at.  Those things that we spend most of our time doing.  Those things that define us.  For me that’s being a father, a partner, a friend, or my work.  These are the things that when we’ve had a day where we were amazing, we go to bed with a sense of satisfaction that can’t be duplicated.  The attached picture is of a mural that my neighbors did a number of years ago for their daughter's wedding.  I've kept this picture because it was amazing to watch them work on this in the driveway for a week straight.  The amount of time and patience it took to create this was really something.  I was lucky to be there to see them accomplish this.
I love going to see live music for just this reason.  Those people are up on stage, sharing their craft with the world, and they are amazing at it. I love going out to a restaurant, and having a server who really understands the menu and what beers and wine they have that will go with everything.  It’s simple things like that that can totally make or break an experience.  It’s a person willing to be great at what they are doing.  Even take a less obvious example, ever been to the grocery store and the checkout clerk asks how you’re doing and actually waits for an answer?  Or engages you about some item you’ve purchased and helps you leave the store with a brighter outlook?  Or take the flip side of that.  Pick anything you’ve done where you can tell those people that are paid to interact with you are less than pleased to be there and are just going through the motions?  It stinks and there’s nothing great about it.  This is why I strive to be amazing at work. 

I guess what I’m trying to convey in this post is the fact that no matter how monotonous our jobs may seem, or anything else we do in life, being amazing at it matters.  It matters to you, it matters to the people you interact with.  If you’re a parent, it surely matters to the children who you are showing with your actions how to go about things.  If you’re not, there is always the new person at work, or the countless number of people that you interact with that will leave that interaction thinking “Wow, that person is winning at life.”  That type of feeling is contagious, and so much better than trying to keep up with all the negativity we see in the media and materialistic surroundings we have.  There’s a lot more here that we can and will talk about.  For now sit with the thought of what you can do to be amazing and see how good it makes you feel.  

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