On my walk to work today (How can I give it upâ€”itâ€™s where I do my best thinking!) I re-thought my chronic guilt that my platform addresses are not as good as they should be.Â Hang on–Iâ€™m not fishing for compliments, so please donâ€™t send me any; Iâ€™ve heard and appreciate all the positive feedback Iâ€™ve received over the past year.Â Iâ€™m not saying my platforms arenâ€™t good.Â I just know that they arenâ€™t as good as they would be were I to spend even more time on them.Â This is true probably of most of the things that most of us do, and if youâ€™ve felt this way about aspects of your life I hope youâ€™ve already realized what I didnâ€™t until this morning:Â that how you feel about your work (however you define work) should depend on your overall goals.
Sure, if I spent even more time on my platform addresses, they would be better.Â But my purpose in life is not to give the best platform addresses Iâ€™m ideally capable of giving. . . . I donâ€™t actually know my purpose in life, or at least how to articulate it.Â But I do have many goals for my life, and they include balancing work, family and friends, leisure, and community; enjoying the arts and nature; staying informed about the world; spending a lot of quality time with my partner; being available to people who need me; keeping a healthy body and a relatively calm mind; having time to imagine, dream, and remember; taking the time to lead a life of voluntary simplicity.Â There are more goals along those lines.Â The point is that working a little bit toward all these goals whenever I can takes time and energy and thought, and moving a little closer to all of them means choosing not to focus on any one.Â So I can feel guilty about not achieving one goal, or I can recognize that Iâ€™ve chosen a life in which I work toward a lot of goals that are important to me, which means probably not perfecting any.Â But thatâ€™s the life I choose.