Once again, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has posed his Friday Four questions for us to ponder. So let’s get right to it.
Are you a perfectionist or can you take a step back and accept less than perfect?
I do, indeed, strive for perfection. For example, I really do want each of my posts to be perfect. So I end up proofreading, revising, editing, and previewing each post I write multiple times. Sadly, I rarely achieve that perfection I was hoping for. So I suppose I find myself settling for less than perfect.
How often do you save online articles to your favorites list for reading ‘later’ and more importantly when do you then read them – as in when is your ‘later’?
If I come across an article on my news feed that I might want to reference later for a blog post, but I’m not in a position to start writing it at that time, I will save it for later with the intention of going back and reading it when I do have more time. As to when “later” is, that depends upon how time-sensitive the article that I saved was. If by the time I might get back to it, and it’s no longer either current or relevant, my “later” may be never.
When was the last time that you actively involved yourself in doing absolutely nothing for an hour and what did you do in that hour of nothing?
First of all, how can you be “actively involved” in doing nothing? Isn’t that a non sequitur? Other than when we are asleep, are we ever actually do “absolutely nothing”? Even doing things like watching TV, listening to music, reading a book, playing solitaire or other games on our smartphones, or just sitting around thinking is doing something. I would argue, therefore, that while we may appear to others to be doing nothing, it’s never nothing. It is always something.
When was the last time that you were engaged in a difficult conversation and if you can ‘what was it and how did you do?’
I try my best to avoid getting involved in “difficult” conversations anymore. Depending upon the subject matter, I find that I can rarely change another’s mind, and another can rarely change my mind. So what’s the point? All it does is aggravate the person with whom you might engage in a difficult conversation, thus potentially making the difficult situation even more difficult. Sometimes, as Kenny Rogers said, you just got to know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, and when to walk away.