There’s a video going around the internet about a cockroach in a restaurant and two ladies were frantic about it but the waiter was so composed when it landed on him. So the video goes on to say that what stood out was the inability of the two ladies to handle it.
The moral of the story is not what other people do but our reaction / attitude towards it.
While I agree with the moral of the story, I don’t necessarily agree that the ladies should have been all calm and composed like the waiter.
I am quite good at keeping my composure on the outside. Not so good on the inside. I let things stress me out even though I don’t react badly to it or throw a tantrum. However… I don’t think I will ever be able to keep my composure if a cockroach flew at me or sat on me.
There are just some situations in life that deserve an outrageous response. I don’t think it signals your inability to handle situations and I don’t think it’s right to generalize. I think screaming would be quite a normal response… I mean seriously, it’s a cockroach!!
I read some lovely advice on the Erin Condren site today. It said “Prioritize progress over perfection” and to write this on top of the to-do list. I know this is nothing new but it just struck a chord with me.
I have always had an issue with wanting to perfect things. Big surprise, I’m a Virgo! But, I feel that this is the cause of delays, becoming lazy and procrastinating. I hardly ever see anyone producing work that is up to standard or even free from errors. No one bothers with uniform fonts or formatting and sometimes, even grammar. This is putting it mildly.
I am by no means implying that we shouldn’t be putting effort into our work or trying to give it our best. But giving it our best and making it “perfect” is different. I often realize that even my best work which I don’t consider perfect is still quite good.
So, may be it’s better to actually deliver rather than try to be mulling over something because in my mind, it’s not perfect.
I will most definitely try to put this at the top of my to-do list everyday and hope for happier results.