More importantly, don't sweat the petty stuff

Truth be told, I am a walking contradiction. I am fret over details like anybody else. I just changed the font and size of the text eight or nine times before settling back onto the defaults. Seriously.

Being a maker is to learn by doing. To fail forward.

Whenever I am trying to guide someone who is new to building CBGs, it is marvelously easy for me to be calm, relaxed, and full of advice on how to roll with the punches. To err is human and to build CBGs is to err. That is part of what makes being a maker, be it the first time or one hundredth, so fulfilling. Being a maker is to learn by doing. To fail forward.

I have been known to express, with vigor, my dissatisfaction with the results of my actions

As easy as it is to convey that message to someone else, it can be infinitely more difficult to put into practice. On one or two occasions in my life (maybe a few more than that) I have been known to express, with vigor, my dissatisfaction with the results of my actions. Words you don't want your mother hearing you say may have been used to describe my displeasure.

There's little resistance to be hard on yourself

Let's face it. We can all be our own worst critics and in the same breath, be giving words of kind advice and encouragement to someone seeking them. Maybe we are giving that which we want. Maybe we are telling others what we need to be reminded of.

Which, of course, reminds me...

Don't pet the sweaty stuff

How do you balance the voice of self-criticism with the voice of encouragement? Are you hard on yourself but patient with others?

 

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Comment by robert jones on June 19, 2014 at 9:58am

I know.

I get to start physical therapy beginning of the week.

Of course I'll have a pretty little sadist on hand and grab bars but it still promises to be interesting.

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on June 19, 2014 at 9:43am

Falling down is easy too.

Comment by robert jones on June 19, 2014 at 7:49am

Walking is eeaaassyy. You just, "Put one foot in front of the other..."

Come on everybody sing along!

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on June 19, 2014 at 12:16am

Ah...I have enough trouble walking. Pedaling is far too complex.

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on June 18, 2014 at 11:06pm
Bicycling.
Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on June 18, 2014 at 10:18am

Work is a four letter word, I'm retired. Everyday is Saturday!

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on June 18, 2014 at 1:02am

The Unwearable Tightness of Spandex? How do you come upon this knowledge Ron?

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on June 17, 2014 at 11:00pm
Levity. Levitation. The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The Unbearable Brightness of Seeing. The Unwearable Tightness of Spandex.
Comment by Glenn Watt on June 17, 2014 at 12:43pm
Hey Wayfinder!
I also appreciate what Thomas has to say about not seeking the approval of others. That is a point I have not yet reached. While I am closer than I have ever been, I still have a way to go on this boardgame of life.

I agree, many of us seek validation for our thoughts and actions. Not only is that natural but helpful, living as a social species. To keep it relevant, you pointed out that posting pics of our work here on CBN is likely, more often that not, done to feel some sort of validation. Yes, we can share to help others. But that too creates a feeling of validation.

Posting a blog topic here is also a way to seek validation. While I am doing so to generate engagement and interaction on a thoughtful level, it would be disheartening if everything I posted was roundly dismissed. So yes, I have to admit that there is some semblance of approval being sought by this knucklehead.

In the end, it's all good fun. I thoroughly enjoy the conversations here with all of you. It's a marvelous thing to interact with different perspectives. Thank you for keeping this going by adding yours.
Comment by Glenn Watt on June 17, 2014 at 12:30pm
Matthew Borczon,
You touched upon something that I think is important and I will word differently if not take a little further. This idea of having critical self talk/beliefs/doubts is something that many, if not most people, experience. The object of CBGs is simply the vehicle being used to discuss it.

Try as I might, the art of letting go ironically takes a lot of practice. I firmly believe searching for, identifying, embracing, and being grateful for what truly matters is crucial for my enjoyment in building and playing and... well... living. But to deny that I struggle with humility would be dishonest.

I love what can be the simplicity of the CBG. It is a physical reminder of what I prefer my life to be like... simple, unadorned, soulful, and 100% doable by a monkey like me.

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