not a correction

"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly."  - G.K. Chesterton

Even beginning a blog, for instance.

Because as soon as I reread the opening declaration from yesterday, I realize that if we are counting from 1 to 10, this is the last year of the decade, and not the first.

Does that matter?  Should I go back and fix it?

I return to Chesterton. His sentence has become a motto of mine, an idea I come back to again and again for consolation and encouragement.  The received wisdom in our culture is  "If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well."

And that bit of received wisdom is wrong. You don't need to something well for the results to be valuable.  In fact, if a thing is really worth doing, really important, you will probably do it badly at first.  You can either give up, or you can keep going.

I choose to keep going.

This blog may take a while to find its true pitch, but if I keep each entry small and sustainable, and write forward, correcting any big problems as I go along rather than going back and fiddling with the wording, I know I will get more written. The more I write, the sooner this blog will have its own voice, its own rhythm, its own range.


Tomorrow will bring new errors, and new discoveries - see you then. 



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