Perfection vs. Progress

What is perfection? I think it's Someday We’ll All Be Free by Donny Hathaway.

I admire Hathaway's genius and strived for perfection as THE goal. In the past, perfection caused me to procrastinate or stop completely on creative projects in order to protect myself from criticism from the outside world, but more importantly from myself. Perfection could be attained through a spreadsheet and formulas. Not so easy when you're relying on outside opinions.  

Now I choose progress. I've allowed myself space for mistakes and learned the different between a critic and an resource. 

Plus, progress helps me be nicer to myself and others moving forward, because I see myself in their journey.

 

 

The three t's

The three t's

I heard something great on a podcast

There are rarely new great ideas, unless you are a true genius. 

There are only new ways of communicating existing ideas. The tone and temperament I use is more significant than the solution. My level of tolerance determines my ability to allow people to see my point of view. 

How would our lives be different if we focused on the three t's?

  • Tone
  • Temperament 
  • Tolerance

I went to the Women's March because I had to.

I had to go to the Women’s March to represent black women in my life. My wife, mother, sisters, aunts, sister in laws, nieces, and cousins in my family. My coworkers, colleagues, friends and passers by as well. To acknowledge them, their strength, and the validity of their stories. 

I had to go to the Women’s March because it is my responsibility as a citizen in this country to be of action. It was an act of service to what is the right direction for us all. 

Finally, I had to go to the Women’s March to be seen. In hopes that the next time we march for a cause that directly affects me, I might see the same people. Even though I know that there is a strong possibility it will not happen, I did not want to let what I know to be true to stop me from living out my hopes to the future.