continuous quality improvement

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tagline.”

Historically I am a seeker of, among other things, better ways to do what might present itself to me. This has not always proven useful, ensuring for instance my inability to do anything the same way twice. Like recipes, which are only a suggestion. Trying different methods to engage or discipline my children. Approaching my spouse with the idea-of-the-day to remain novel and interesting. In fact, whatever was in front of me seemed to require nimble re-definition and re-working in one endless challenge to do it afresh. This can prove quite exhausting over time.

I recall my father once confiding that he rewrote his ‘Chem 105’ notes each and every year – 40 of them. I did the same with endless writing group agendas, even though I could easily have reused them. I believed that continuous updating would keep the materials – and perhaps more importantly, myself – vibrant and engaging for each subsequent group.

I apparently adopted a way of living that pushes-pushes-pushes me. To outdo myself. To extremes of busy-ness. To extremes of fatigue. Without even giving myself a break between improvements. Can you imagine living in a house under constant construction
f-o-r-e-v-e-r with no end in sight? Welcome to my world.

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But now that I’m attempting retirement, and fully understand that there are no medals for over-doing, I need to release this overdrive-drive-drive to enhance, change, make more beautiful or functional. For too many decades this drive has filled the primary landscape of my heart. Today it will only drive away those I cherish and wish to keep close in my heart.

Embracing what IS is a far greater gift. It also allows me to move into arenas where I need not be The Sole Responsible Party. After all this time, that’s a sweet release indeed. While I feel challenged by this sea-change required of age-old behavior, I will rise to face it in my old age. With humility and trust that, in deed, continuous quality improvement has its limits.

6 thoughts on “continuous quality improvement

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  3. CQI, it brings back memories of my life as an engineer at Boeing! I always thought they were using the wrong words: what they wanted was increased efficiency, not quality. Hopefully what you are achieving in retirement is true quality of life.

    • Thanks for weighing in, katemccseattle. Indeed corporate CQI seeks efficiency in productivity to translate to sales and market share . . . The personal irony of course is that by CEASING the drive to continually improve everything about me and those around me, I AM having a better quality of life!!! Those of us driven as younger adults to achieve take a while to understand that that is not a true measure of quality of life. Ah, saging . . .

  4. Nice piece sarahscapes … I am never able to sign in to tell you on line, so just accept my well-done via email.

    How is Friday to link up for the big event? I think it starts around 6:30 but Peter’s farewell piece isn’t til much later, so how does a 7 pm rendezvous sound. Looking forward to seeing you and finding a quiet corner to sit and catch up.

    Until then … Anne

    • Well, Anne – you DID manage to find your way to the comments section after all – so thanks for visiting!!! I’m planning on attending Friday night despite a rather hectic day; so a chance to relax with some excellent red sounds like a terrific start to a potentially late evening. We’ll connect before then.

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