Be Thankful For Being Good Enough

by Stephen Mills on November 26, 2010

“You can’t have everything.  Where would you put it?” – Steven Wright

I thought this was an appropriate, if a little over the top, stab at the relentless pursuit of perfection.  I say it’s time to be thankful for just being good enough.  The marriage one is my favorite. Smile

“It’s not enough to have a job, you need to have a career: a planned long-term work path providing satisfaction, a top income, and status enabling you to ‘make a difference’.

It’s not enough to be healthy and fit, you need to have your optimal body mass index, the physique of a body builder, and the aerobic capacity of a marathoner.

It’s not enough to have a happy marriage, you need to be as ‘connected’ as conjoined twins and have mind-blowing sex three times a week.

It’s not enough to be a good parent who raises good kids in a nice home, you need to be a combination Mr. Rogers and Martha Stewart raising a child who’s equal parts Mozart, Einstein, and Tiger Woods in a home that rivals Versailles.

It’s not enough to save as much as you can, you need to invest half your income so brilliantly that you can send you kid to Yale, hire a live-in caregiver for your mother, and retire to a luxury condo in the Sunbelt … early.

It’s not enough to be able to make dinner for your family, you need to be a gourmet chef.  It’s not enough to have clean appropriate clothing, you need to be a fashionista.  It’s not enough to have a vehicle that’s safe and reliable, you need to drive a Navigator with a Mini towed behind as a lifeboat.”

— Stephen M. Pollan

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Iván November 27, 2010 at 6:30 am

I think that trying to be the very best in everything could be not only exhausting but stressing. We should just be ourselves and just try to feel good as we are. Our loving ones would appreciate that much more. Regards!
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Sophie November 27, 2010 at 9:48 am

This is why we need to turn off advertising and all the really superficial television shows based on looks, money and status. To be a whole and interesting person, one needs to turn inward, examine their own true wants and needs and step away from the herd. It’s about being an individual with authentic values and being true to yourself, first and foremost.


Barb November 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Stephen.. i’m thankful for having friends like you who help remind me that we need to laugh at ourselves and not be perfect!



Ralf November 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm

It would be great for people to re-learn the difference between ideals and realistic goals.


Susan November 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I am thankful for everything that you have written about. I have had a lot of things happen in my life that I would rather have not had to go through but I know that they have made me the way I am and I am greatful for them, too in a way. God has been very good to me and I will continue to give him the praise for it.


freddy monks January 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Those huge water surges and river caused floods in Australia are most definitely really terrifying, my good friend lives there, I really hope shes alright 🙂


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