Grateful: Day 9

I'm not feeling very grateful today, and would rather not post.

But, I promised that I would for 15 days.

So, today I'm grateful for what I believe, which includes the importance of keeping promises.

There are other things that I believe, like the importance of “giving thanks in all things.” In his book Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton wrote:

Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two miraculous legs? We thank people for birthday presents of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth? (p. 60)

I also believe that each of us has something to do that only we were meant to do.  In The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis wrote:

“Child,' said the Lion, ‘I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.”

Our very own story.

If It’s Worth Doing…

Always be a beginner at something.  Bill Buxton via Saul Kaplan

We need to get over what we were taught in school. Look at Google, everything is always in beta.  Conversation Agent via Robin Dickinson

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.  G.K. Chesterton via Lisa Boyce

When I read the above quotes, I feel myself physically relax, perfectionism fading away.

Because anything really worth doing, from parenting to marriage to career to friendship to dreams — we sometimes do rather badly.

Like I did this past week.  So badly that I wanted to quit.  Oh, so desperately.

Which is why when I heard Lisa Boyce quote G.K. Chesterton, it was a gift.

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If we're doing things badly, maybe it means that we're doing things worth doing.

And we're in it.   In our lives, our relationships, our dreams. 

Be a beginner.
In Beta.
Doing things Badly.

Feel better?

Me too.

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