Lately, I’ve been thinking about adopting a wait-and-see attitude versus adopting an act-and-correct attitude.
I suppose it’s laziness that makes it easy to adopt a wait-and-see attitude. To just let things be as they are and let nature take its course and see what happens.
If you have a garden and you adopt a wait-and-see attitude with that garden, you know what’s going to happen to it – it’s going to become overgrown with weeds and it’s going to become a huge mess.
But in your head, you have this idea of what a perfect garden is supposed to look like. And you know that with the limited time and resources that you have, no matter what you do, this garden is not going to match that perfect garden in your head.
And that’s why you never start on the garden. (I’m not talking about you, by the way. I’m talking about me. But you know what I mean.) So, because you know that the garden is not going to come up perfect, you don’t start on it. So, you just leave it and wait and see what happens. And, of course you know what’s going to happen.
But what choice do you have? It’s not going to be perfect, no matter what you do. Yet, if you take a moment and pause and apply rational thought to it, it’s easy to see that an okay garden, a mediocre garden, is better than a vacant lot full of weeds and rodents and probably snakes hiding in the overgrown grass. Maybe a dead animal or two.
Obviously, even a mediocre garden is better than that.
The thing is, a mediocre garden, if you apply regular tiny bits of effort to it – as long as its regular – that miracle garden is going to get better and better and better.
But it will never become that perfect garden that you see in your head. Because, the moment it approaches that perfection, the ideal of perfection is going to increase and improve. So, no matter what you do with that garden, it’s never going to become perfect. And that is a pain that you have to live with forever.
But, the thing is, the garden that you…