Arctic ice increases in volume – the case against perfection (ism) – Brene Brown

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Saturday 1 October 1664

local news from Samuel Pepys – brief mention of the war with Holland – click above to read as always.

My ever reliable and trusted source of accurate information, Natural News, reports on a study by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre, located at the University of Colorado, shows that sea ice extent has increased by 40% since 2012. Global Warming alarmists continue to alarm (as they do) and they don’t want mere facts to get in the way. See also Climate Depot. Don’t believe all you read. Do your own research <end of rantette>.

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On balance I think that perfectionism is a disease. It is partly hubris. It is not necessary to show the world that you are perfect. If we aim too high, we will never do anything.  Those who have followed my diaries will know that I make my own bread. Some of it turns out dreadfully, at least from the cosmetic point of view. Even so, the result is edible.

Perfectionism is not necessary to make a real and lasting difference to other people’s lives“.  J K Rowling
Perfectionism is often an excuse for procrastination” Paul Graham
” Extreme perfectionism is self-hatred in disguise and only serves to make us feel bad about ourselves” (ouch). Denise Duffield-Thomas

This theme came about because of all humble things I have to write a convincing invitation to attend the AGM of the Allotment Association of which I am secretary. Most people regard such invitations with the same enthusiasm as receiving a parking ticket so it has to feel good. I have done a first draft and phrased it in terms of asking people their opinion and telling them that views are valued.  However, in this case my state of mind in writing is different.  I am just initiating the creative process instead of completing it and trying to show what a great writer I am. I have therefore written a some lines in a coherent form knowing that two heads are better than one. It is however sufficiently developed to enable others to see what I am trying to say and then adding their 2p worth.

As C S Lewis so succinctly put it
Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction” but here is a caution from one Kenneth Kaye “Two heads are better than one only if they contain different opinions“.

I shall present my imperfect and uncompleted work to the committee meeting this evening and see what happens. Thank goodness I am now relieved of the burden of ‘being offended’ if they don’t like it. Creativity can be an untidy process. Putting it another way, we need to develop the ability to ‘lean into the discomfort of vulnerability‘ a saying by Brene Brown.

says it all!

I also like this quote of hers very much; it could be applied to anyone interested in self development without the ‘self’. This lady research professor and lecturer (see site) has an amazing grasp of the essential dynamics of change, and the ghosts that can inhibit it.

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