how to create the really good versus just good enough

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I’ve recently had a bit of a Zadie Smith book jag. We lived in the same area as Zadie in NW London and would periodically run across her at the sweet local book shop or coffee shops. One quote she referenced of David Foster Wallace I really enjoyed:

“ … the big distinction between good art and so-so art lies somewhere in the art’s heart’s purpose: the agenda of the consciousness behind the text. It’s got something to do with love. With the discipline to talk out of the part of yourself that can love, instead of the part that just wants to be loved…”   David Foster Wallace

This heart’s purpose feels like far more than about just art, it feels true of anything we do or create in life. Such a wonderful distinction, to come from the part of ourselves that can love, instead of what wants to be loved. My own work and enthusiasms are about exploring the new possibilities in ourselves and all aspects of our lives. I often wonder what it is that makes say a home design or restoration stand out, to feel really good and it feels true to me that the degree of TLC gets to the heart of it. Not being satisfied with good enough and trusting that we each have a unique way of expressing our respective loves in life and that they are all needed.

It seems so easy to settle for good enough when we feel so stretched for time and distracted by the many things grabbing for our attention. Taking that bit of extra time to bring our deeper passion and caring to life feels so needed in our overly commodified culture and lives now.

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