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Dec 12, 2003

Worth Doing Poorly | weblog no. 1

One day in the summer of 1994 while my friend Steven and I were sitting on the porch at The Blue Nile, he told me this, "Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly." I figured that he meant one or both of the following:

1: creative acts (like singing, drawing, cooking, writing) give joy to the creator at any level of quality -- even "poor."

2: he had just about had enough of his perfectionist, high-performance dad's way of living.

Forward to 1998: I was struggling to finish a Master's paper when I remembered the words of my friend Chris Golde who had recently finished her PhD dissertation. She told me that her mantra had been, "Better Done Than Perfect," which I then mentioned to my advisor, Hugh O'Neill who had been wondering where I'd disappeared to. In an act of revealing kindness, Hugh (~50 years old at the time) said of Chris's philosophy, "Wise words. Learn them with me as I learn, too."

And now to the wee hours of Dec 12, 2003, in which I take a deep breath before plunging into the world of weblog. Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. Done is better than perfect. And as I lay me down to sleep, I'll send up a request for blessings from my own little Holy Trinity of the weblog heavens: DBT, Pinky, and Rebecky. May their names not have been spoken in vain.

-- Tappy

01:39 AM in Weblogs | Permalink

Comments

Remember, if you speak my name in vain - I'm all about the smiting.

Posted by: pinky | Dec 12, 2003 8:52:07 AM

Bless you, my child. And did you notice that risotto cakes are back at Fowler's? Woot!

Posted by: Rebecca | Dec 12, 2003 1:50:31 PM

What took you so long?

Posted by: dbt | Dec 16, 2003 1:59:07 PM