Midweek Nudge #72

“Whoever is not in his coffin and the dark grave, let him know he has enough.”

— Walt Whitman

Hi there!

Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.

When Someone Makes A Mistake…

…you have two ways to go. You can either reprimand them repeatedly and talk about what should have happened or you can sit down and start thinking about what to do now. There’s a catch here, though. Since the mistake is made already, someone will need a course of action at some point. That is, you eventually need to answer: what now?

In the spirit of that, we can say there are two ways to go when someone makes a mistake: the long way or the short way.

The long way says: spend as much time as you can playing the blame game until your ego is satisfied or you reach the inevitable deadline to start solving things, at which point you’ll ponder, “what now?” The short way says: leave what has happened behind and move directly to answering “what now?”

Both lead to a solution, of course. But one of them wastes time, blinds your vision, creates a power differential and strains relationships while the other avoids all that in favour of affirmative action. The other also begets more respect from who (intentionally or otherwise) made the error.

I’ll let you decide which is which. 

What’s On My Mind?

I’m slowly learning to see the world from a lens of enough. There’s always an upper level to anything we think or pursue. With that, there must also be a limit or a check of enough. We must reap the fruits of what we plant instead of letting them fall off while we continue planting more trees. For that, we need to stop, pause and look behind when we’ve done enough.

I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.


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