If you say 'worth doing' I venture that most of us will fill in the the missing words for that phrase. 'Worth doing' is shorthand for ' Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well"---- the battle cry of the perfectionists. Some time ago I came across a variation on that phrase----'whatever is worth doing is worth doing poorly'---- a ray of hope for those of us who rarely achieve, or wait for, perfection. The point, I think, was that if we have something to do, go ahead and do it, even if it means we will most likely miss the mark of perfection, or even of 'well'. After a few decades of stretching, thinking, doing, being and all that other stuff that goes into a life I'd like to offer another alternative to the phrase: Whatever is worth doing is worth doing. Leave off the qualifier, it's besides the point. So would that philosophy leave us all off the hook to put no more than minimum effort into our work, our projects, our life? Perhaps. But that's a chance we take every day when we get out of bed. Very few of us hit the marks of perfection in all or even most of our endeavors.
Today I read in the e-newpaper about a 94 year old Navajo woman who gets up every morning and makes pottery. Making pottery is the way she made her living which fed her children and continues to be a valuable work-- even if her family thinks she should rest and take some time for herself after all these years. I gatther from the article that she likes doing this 'work' which she doesn't even consider work-- it is just what she does, so why should she stop? It would be like retiring from brushing her teeth or eating lunch or putting a sweater on when it gets chilly. It is worth doing. The fact that this woman's work has been selling quite well for many years is beside the point. She is doing what is worth while to her.
If we wait to perform "well" all the time, how many of us would ever try anything? How many meals would not get cooked, or beds made, or children tucked in, or laundry cleaned? All the good we do, all the little things that make up a life are worth doing. If it turns out we do things 'well' once in a while, great. But in the meantime let's keep doing all the things that are worth it.
Since this vehicle (this blog-business) is about writing and the ups and downs of ever getting any words out there---- wherever there is----share with me some of the things you think are 'worth doing' when it comes to writing or music or art or any of the bits of creativity we get to take part in every day. Anyone want to share? Drop me a line. I'm told the comment box is easy to fill out.