Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Seek the "Good Enough"

After working many, many long hours--sometimes six days a week for five months my husband finally got to take a week off. We spent it at our little camping spot in the North Cascades. This shot sums it up...a hot cup of coffee, soaking up the sunshine and resting the eyes on the mountains, forest, sky, and water. It was a time of rest, relaxation, fun, and accomplishment for us and our few days there seemed like forever.

I read somthing this past week that struck a chord in me. In paraphrasing the author was talking about what we needed to be happy. One of the things they spoke about was "Seek the Good Enough--Not The Perfect". As a struggling perfectionist, this is something I've tried to do for a number of years now, but I had never seen it outlined so clearly. The author said many people spend precious time and energy trying to find the "perfect thing" (whatever it might be they are looking for...appliance, house, car, job). Their example was searching for a new dishwasher. You can spend hours and hours doing research, going from store to store trying to find the best machine for the best price and end up with an expensive dishwasher that still won't change the way you do the dishes much. Life's too short and too precious. Don't waste it doing research on dishwashers. Instead, find the dishwasher that meets your needs for a reasonable price and buy it!

This ties into our vacation property. We had a list of requirements. It had to be within two hours drive of our home. It had to have electricity, water, and a bathroom. Ideally, it would have a view of the water. If you live in Washington state, you know that the real estate is crazy expensive. We could have spent literally years looking for a place that met our needs and spent a lot of money to achieve our goal. However, we are frugal folk and don't like to spend too much of our money, so when we found this place which met ALL of our criteria for the price of a car we went for it...immediately. We've never looked back. Sure, we could have saved for years to afford a fancy cabin on a lake--they are selling for $500,000 right now, who knows what they'd go for by the time we saved our pennies. Instead we are enjoying ourselves here and now without worrying about whether we're going to be priced out in the future.

Our place may not be perfect, but it's as close as you're going to get.


Blogger PJ said...

You know...I've only been around 36 years, so I've passed a few seasons in life. I know there are many more to come, but one thing I've noticed is (and it sounds like you are a lot like me from what you share) that the 'want' always is a waste of time and when you find that spot of being happy with what you have- that's when it's sweet. There are times I've had 'more', but it just doesn't match the time of just 'being' with what I have. Gosh, if this makes any sense!? ;) It's that happy medium that I strive for. For instance, I can just imagine the setting with your coffee cup...that is priceless and I would enjoy WAaaY more than some catered cruise or something like that.
Great post!

11:17 AM  
Blogger - Our Family said...

Looks perfect to me! Must bring you lots of joy and relaxation.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

I totally agree. I know people who spend hours making decisions I make in minutes. And sometimes they're better off for it but more often than not it seems a waste of time. That said, I tend to make purchase decisions fast but the actual decision to purchase slowly. Oh, and I've tagged you for a "7 Random Things About Me" meme. Find out more here. If you don't participate I totally understand. I'm not hugely into these things.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Lavaunda said...

I love this philosophy. We have done this in our lives also. Lisa, thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. God bless you and your family.

6:24 PM  

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