Haunted by a disturbing thought


I read an article this morning that I can’t get out of my mind.  The author posed an intriguing thought:

“How you do anything is how you do everything.” I’m not sure who originated this quote, but think about it:  How you do anything is how you do everything? This is probably too sweeping a generalization, but to be honest, I see some common threads in practically every task I undertake. 


Nine times out of ten, I quit before the work is completed. I have no patience for detail and I rush, rush, rush like the world will end if I don’t get this done immediately.  Some projects just can’t be done like that – at least not done right.

From putting on make up to taking care of my car, I take shortcuts. Naturally most things in my life don’t work up to their potential.  Today, I’m going to slow down and try to do things right.  Instead of kicking the refrigerator door shut, I will use the handle which was the way the thing was designed.  I’ll put the tube back on the lipstick instead of leaving it “topless”   as I usually do. I’ll put the top back on the toothpaste… I could go on and on, but you get the picture. 

2 thoughts on “Haunted by a disturbing thought

  1. Hi Cuz,

    Here’s something for you to think about.

    Idea people take on the BIG picture seeing past the details…they become bosses, invent the internet…things like that.

    Detail people work for them.

    Remember reading something in one of Wayne Dyer’s older books (before he got so New Age). Can’t remember the name of the book, but the main theme, if I remember correctly, was that what we’ve always heard… that “if you’re going to do something, do it the best you can”…is poppycock, basically.

    In other words, if you’re not a professional and don’t play one in the movies, it really doesn’t matter whether you play your best possible tennis match or whatever. You’re just doing it for fun or exercise. In essence, he said to save your best efforts for the things that really count.

    Hope this makes you feel better. Cuz

  2. Great comment, Nance. Great point. I used to read Dyer too, and still go back and reread some of his earlier books. Problem is, I forget all the good points he makes and fall back into my old habits too soon.

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