Never in the field of human endeavour has anything cost so much and given so little pleasure.
That was me when I realised that we really are going to have to carry out vital repairs to the outside of our house.
Spending large sums of money on anything brings me out in a cold sweat and I can see the point in lovely new floorboards, a fireplace or door handles, but brickwork re-pointing ? It’s just not that alluring is it ? When they compile the league table of sexy repairs it’s not going to be up there.
Well take a deep breath, get into Zen mode and focus. Structure is really important. Walls don’t give a lot of joy in themselves but if they fall down the door handles are pointless.
You can apply this to anything you like, from a blog, poem or song to an entire business.
And Robert M Pirsig, what did he think about it ? It’s a long time since I read the best-selling Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance but he thought you could achieve a balance between the rational and the romantic in life.
So if I’ve got this right, the rational is all about diagnosing the problem and getting the work done as Persig did with his motorbike. And the romantic ? Well maybe when he’s done with the repairs I should get our builder to buy us some flowers with the proceeds ?