I’ve been thinking about what ‘Quality Over Quantity’ means to me.
As it turns out, the way I’ve been defining it has revealed itself as a beautiful little excuse not to show up, not to do the work, not to gather energy and move forward.
The mantra of ‘Quality Over Quantity’ has, until now, reverberated secondary thoughts such as these in my mind:
‘Tara, if you can’t find the time to sit down and write meaty 4000-word blog posts, don’t even bother.’
‘Tara, publishing one epic (quality) blog post every 3 months is better than publishing one okay one every week.’
‘Tara, if you don’t have anything profound to say, don’t say anything at all.’ (I mean, that one is just brutal)
And then I started to see things a little differently.
You, voice of Quality, are very sneaky; the way in which you err on the edge of perfectionism, thinking you’re doing the world a favour by keeping me silent when I have so many thoughts to rumble with, so many perspectives to share, so many opportunities to connect with humanity.
Very sneaky, Fear. Hiding your terror of expanding into great creativity by stuffing every crumb of it down behind a pretty mask of ‘I’m busy elsewhere’ or ‘I have nothing important to say’ or ‘I have nothing to contribute right now.’
This worked for a while, Fear.
Until I started to notice that I was starving, not to consume, but to express.
And so, back to you, lovely reader. If it’s alright with you, I’d like to share with you the upgraded and very personal relationship I’m creating with the word ‘quality.’
Quality is in the magic that comes with trusting that life will give us content, trusting ourselves to notice it, trusting that if it means something to us, it will be valuable for others.
Quality is observing in sheer awe as that creativity and impact duplicates rapidly, nourishing us with energy, rather than being something we once thought would maul us with its process. (And tortured artists in the house? *Raises hand guility*)
Quality, for me, is knowing that this space, right here, may very well end up being a space that you visit most mornings, with your latte, or your juice, while catching the train to work, waiting for your lecturer, scrolling while you’re on the loo, whatever… You stop by, and have a little snack of these words, and see if there’s anything here that feels as though it may have been written just for you.
Quality is the TRUST that is able to be developed.
Quality is the TRANSPARENCY that is created.
Even if there are grammatical errors.
Even if the post leads to nowhere.
I have been romanticising the creative process for far too long – with conditions that it must be wrapped in ritual and reverence, but what if… WHAT IF… it was the most normal, everyday, ‘average’ process that we could devote to?
What if we’ve been getting in our way this whole time, by turning an everyday occurrence into Everest basecamp.
Let’s kick off our hiking boots, team. All our content is right…here.