‘Good, better, best; never let it rest, until your good is better and your better best.’
That good old chestnut was drilled into us at school and we all we know what it’s like to live in a competitive society. We laud our sporting heroes and worship our great achievers, not that there’s anything wrong with that, it just reinforces the ‘versus’ mentality by celebrating victory.
Nature has long been seen as something to exploit and overcome but with our industrialised footprint slowly squashing the golden goose, our ‘veni, vidi, vici’ approach has gone well past it’s use-by date.
Not that we should celebrate mediocrity instead. Far from it. The rise of the prosumer has given us two values to work with, which can be woven instead of crossed.
Customer service has become the key to survival for business, a job for life no longer exists and ‘singing for one’s supper’ has taken on a new lease of life.
Complacency is no longer an option in this highly competitive world, the recipe for success requiring constant innovation.
Yet some things don’t change, such as our need for a balanced and stable home life. Increasingly, the stresses and demands of keeping body and soul together have impacted on family and leisure time.
In fact, our need for rest and recreation is even more important if we are to function effectively and respond to challenging demands.
Because our attention is focused on complexity in a technological environment, the best antidote is a simple pastime. Fishing, walking and playing with the kids are all good examples of how we can forget our problems for a while, or even better still, see them from a different angle.
Given that the sun shines on all of us, the simple pleasures are also available to everyone and cost next to nothing.
Just half a day spent in this way can recharge our battery so that we can tackle the coming week with renewed vigour. Perhaps the motto could be rephrased in this way:
‘Good, great mate, better yet’s a better bet, best passes the test and when your good is better and your better is best, then you deserve a rest’.