Perfect is the enemy of good enough. I’ve being thinking about work. Not my old job as Director of Radiology but the work it takes to follow through with self made commitments and projects. For example I’ve committed to learning how to weld and Bill Twigg has taken me under his wing and with his supervision I’m in the process. Bill has a rather loose style of mentoring and I’m super thankful for his effort and sharing. I struggle repaying him. One of the subtler things I have absorbed was Bill’s drive for tasks/projects to be completed. Finished, done, billed. Marked of the todo list. Moving forward and learning from each task. As an example of my speed, I got the tank for the Torii anging bell in January and on the first of July I hung it in the hanger. Six full months this project was in the works. Was I subconsciously juggling it the whole time? Maybe a little. Now that it is done I can start work on a second bell made out of the bottom part of the tank. It will be smaller and of a different design.
Making is a way of life. At least I’m treating so. I see the Maker Community online is focused on electronics and kids. While I see value in that, it is not my focus. I’m now and have been and hopefully will forever be searching for a focus. Which brings me to this.
Everyday is a day which is perfect and perfectly full of one mistake after another. I wonder how I got so far in life. I guess so far I haven't made any fatal mistakes but I made plenty both big and small. Really what I’m talking about is the small mistakes made all the time. Sometimes I blame it on my forgetfulness, like forgetting to water the tomatoes and raspberries. Sometimes it is a measuring error or cutting on the wrong side of a line. A fit up the is less than perfectly tight. A breadboard end with the grain curved outward rather then cupping the board which is so much more visually pleasing. Everything that happens is prone to mistakes. I don’t plan for mistakes to happen, they just do. I want to say that how we deal both personally and social with our mistakes makes a difference and say something about the role of regret but I feel this would be superfluous and want to rest just with mistakes.