I'm greeting summer in bed with a fever, achy body, and laptop. It's always so weird to be sick in the summertime, especially on this day of glorious abundance of light and nature. Yet it's not bad to have a day to reflect on the changing season.
I'm reflecting on the idea of excellence, and looking at how often I let things lazily slip into mediocrity, treating things as if they're not that important when, in fact, they are. So often just a little more consciousness, a little more preparation, and a little more commitment is the difference between okay-but-sloppy and well-done. I have a thousand reasons why I don't give things my best effort, but none of them are very good, or very relevant to who I am today; I think it's time to make a conscious decision to do better as my mission for this new season.
Excellence is, in part, about practice. Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to be really good at something; by my calculations, if you give something ten hours a week (reasonable when you're working full-time and all that goes with that), that means it's a 19-year journey. Maybe a little less with some credit for time spent. So that means that excellence is also about choice; you (I) can't do everything.
More on this to come. Meanwhile, a brilliant solstice to you. What are your summer plans?