Doing things halfway


There is a Jewish concept called the yetzer hara.  Sometimes it is translated as “the evil inclination.” Sometimes it is the thing in your head that tells you that if you can’t do something all the way, don’t do it at all. It is what stops you from doing good deeds and from making positive contributions.

The idea is to catch it in the act of trying to stop you and do something good anyway.  It is better to do part of a good deed than nothing at all.  Don’t get angry with yourself for not doing the whole thing – at least you did something. However, too many of us think that just doing that little something is enough and so we stop there.

We shouldn’t beat ourselves up for not being able to do all of a good deed, but we also shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back for doing just the minimum.  There has to be a balance somewhere.  Do what you can, and then try to do a little more.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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