De Curse of De-tail

The devil’s in the details.Details of corks

That’s what they say.

I’m really good with seeing details – to the extent it’s sort of a curse. I used to be a Quality Assurance Manager, for wine corks. Part of my team’s job included examining the pores and cracks in the cork…I KNOW! Who knew? If you can crawl into the crack of a wine cork, you’re pretty much a detail person. (click to Tweet)

It’s not always good, focusing heavily on details.

Here are a few drawbacks:

• You may focus so much on details you fail to grasp the big concept. It’s important to join the ranks of the real world, so you can see the future, too.
• You may waste your time – You can get stuck on details of something that isn’t really that important to you, at the peril of stuff that IS important to you.
• Sometimes good is good enough – actually, most of the time it is.
ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING has details.

When we focus on details we’re usually looking for what’s “not right.” Let’s call it what it is…we look for what’s WRONG. Sometimes, we can do this at the expense of seeing what’s GOOD. If you’re a regular reader you know, I advocate “stuff grows where intention flows.” (click to Tweet) If you’re focusing on what’s wrong, that’s all you’ll see, and, trust me, it’s ugly when you have to DIG your way out from under dung pile – pass the shovel, please.

Now, here’s a conundrum.:

1. Over-attention to detail wastes time
2. Over-attention to detail can encourage us to focus on the negative
3. Over-attention to detail can paralyze us from moving forward
4. Under-attention to detail can sink your ship

Details good enoughSo, obviously – the details are crucial to our success, and the balance has to be like Goldilocks – just right.

NOT EVERYTHING IS SO IMPORTANT IT HAS TO BE PERFECT…OR EVEN REALLY GOOD.

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I have to confess…

This detail stuff is heavy on my mind this morning because my mother is coming to visit. Guess who I got my mad detail skillz from? She isn’t critical…but she’ll notice. Full transparency – I’m writing this post in between ironing the sheets and tidying up the house. So, I’m cracked, too, and if you have an issue with that, leave a complaint below.

Moving right along….
I suppose it’s a very personal matter. We select the things most important to us – marriages, parent’s comfort, fur-kid’s laughter, happy families, art, writing, sharing time with friends, helping people, walks by the river. Those things have important details, and they’re meaningful to me. Your list will be different, and uniquely  your own. My list, my priorities, are where I’ll focus my energy. The headlight will still be out on the car and the grass needs, er, a pick up. So, Mom will have to get home before dark and high-step dog-doo if she wants to walk through the grass. Nobody’s perfect and “bleeding on it” won’t necessarily make it better.  

So, this week’s post is a little rushed, a little rough, but good enough. I hope you like it anyway.

Life isn’t Perfect…but it’s pretty good,

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2 Replies to “De Curse of De-tail”

  1. Hi Michelle,

    I think that many of us have a case of the pickies, especially around the holidays. Did you see that funny video of the guy/gal who was getting frantic preparing the house for visitors for the holidays? Super funny.

    Good enough IS good enough, except for that which you have deemed important.

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