Can you think of something or someone you have encountered that really impacted you because of excellence?

One for me was Guide Dog School. There was a high quality there that extended from the physical environment, to staff and students. The expectation that everyone would join in this standard was explicit and clearly demonstrated.

Two things that I came away with because of this experience were that I am worthy of care and I want to offer that same honor to others.

This is a rather stark contrast to much of life these days. “Good enough” seems to rule, from food products that are less than nutritious for us, yet convenient and deceptively tasty, to televisions and electronics that can simply be tossed a year or two after they are purchased.

We sometimes stop at “good enough” in relationships as well. We keep the peace or act in a friendly manner, but don’t allow others too close. The result is isolation, which breeds fear.

What would happen if we raised the bar? I am thinking that peace and confidence would begin to replace fear; that honor would be much easier to demonstrate.

Another thing that would happen is that we would be healthier, which would give us more energy and enthusiasm.

As we dared to offer true friendship, isolation would disappear. We might even find that we have time to help others as they reach out to us.

Excellence fosters joy and hope: We find beauty where we missed it before; we become more creative; therefore, we are more fulfilled.

All of this is like a positive snowball: One thing builds on another, until poverty of soul and spirit are gone.

If there is good news about “good enough,” it would be that we can build on it. Instead of settleing for “that will do,” we can ask, “Now, how could this be better?”

What seems excellent to you? How would you like to build on things that are not quite there yet?

“whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8

Published by lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.


  1. An excellent piece of writing and all too true. Probably one of the most excellent people I’ve ever met was Katie. Katie and I started grad school together. The first day I learned that she was driving from the Atlantic coast to attend this program because it was the only one that offered an advance nursing degree in Oncology.
    Anyway I invited Katie to stay at our house when she was over in Tampa for school, and she accepted. As time went by I became more and more impressed with her as a professional and as a person. Deeply dedicated as a professional she really worked hard at her studies, and as a person she was a devoted Christian, who read her Bible every morning She did end up earning her Masters in Oncological Nursing and has practiced every since. I asked her one time how she could work in such a difficult field, where death was a constant companion She answered, “She knew she needed to be there for the patient and also knew she could hlep.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: