"Extremely good"? Extremely ... good? That's it? That's
all? I scrolled the page, expecting more, wanting more
substance. There was none.
else. Only when
is deployed as whitewash, can a definition like this one of
as the spare, spindly "extremely good", pass. And here's the thing:
is almost always deployed as whitewash.
I didn't look in another
I only looked in that one. The issue isn't specific to that
It's endemic to alldictionaries.
of definitions of
can't be expected to fit them to a
that's not something to be critical of. Being critical of it would be
akin to being critical of someone who
fluent French on the Champs-Élysées in
Paris, because they can't
fluently in Greek at the Acropolis in Athens. There's
with anyone fluent in French not
Greek. They're two different
domains. The one doesn't guarantee, imply, or promise the other.
Nonetheless, I'd like to inquire into ie I'd like to discover a
for myself which
If I define
as "extremely good", the whitewash version, it'll probably elicit a
pale "I know what you mean ..." from you.
(no kidding!). If I say
means "extremely good", you do know what I mean - but
saying it that way just doesn't go far enough. Can discovering a new
be useful, without unnecessarily challenging the best sellers or
the seminars? Can it succeed purely in the realm of personal discovery?
... which is to say can it be useful purely as a personal discovery?
If it succeeds as a personal discovery ie if it succeeds as
my discovery, then won't it
the possibility of you discovering what
is for yourself also? Indeed, won't it
the possibility of discovery itself? And if so, then don't
we have the possibility of rewriting the
entirely so that it and all
Now that would be something, wouldn't it?
Let's get started. When I'm being
I'm being extremely good ("... at what I'm doing" and "...
the way I'm being" are both implied). Setting aside being
"good" as being "well-behaved", what else is
It is, I assert, only when you start distinguishing what else is
excellencereally is, has a chance to come forth, to be known, and to be
So here's my question: what's else is
... which is to say what's also
when I'm being
I propose three qualities are present (there may be others, there may
be more, but without at least these three qualities being
I assert there's simply no chance of
The first two qualities are being impeccable and being
immaculate. There's no
without being impeccable and without being immaculate. And there's no
being impeccable and no being immaculate when I'm simply going
through the motions. There's no being impeccable and no being
immaculate when it's
business as usual.
Being impeccable and being immaculate are the un-"going through
the motions". They're the
Being impeccable and being immaculate can be applied to (which is to
say can be brought to) any activity: making my bed,
washing the dishes, cleaning windows and surfaces ie any menial task.
Look: if you can't be impeccable and immaculate with menial tasks ie if
you can't bring
to the small stuff ie if you can't be
in the minor leagues, then you can
simply forget about being
with the big stuff ie in the majors. I can bring
(being impeccable and being immaculate) to
I can bring
to any and all
and communications. I can bring
I can bring
to all my financial dealings (yes, my check book does
balance to the penny).
And then there's the third quality which must be present, without which
there's simply no chance of
- indeed, without which there's no chance of the possibility of being
impeccable or of the possibility of being immaculate either in the
first place - and this quality is
presence of Self.
When we bring forth
who we are
and put it into the space (into the work space, into the relationship
and communication space, into the business and financial space - to
name but a few), that's the quality which makes
possible ie it's the quality which makes being impeccable and being
immaculate possible. Simply put, the possibility of being
presence of Self,
who we are
into the space, isn't going to
(you can try, but it'll
very quickly on the vine).
from the adjective
the quality of
presence of Self,
being impeccable, and being immaculate, applied to any and all
That's my inquiry ie that's my discovery so far. That's
newly. If it feels slightly rough and unfinished, it's
It should be. It should be left incomplete. I'm not going to wrap it up
in a pretty box with a nice bow and ribbons for you. It's still a
work in progress,
so I'm leaving it exactly like this,
exactly the way it is:
untied, and just a tad ragged. If this discovery, if my inquiry into
is for me, ends here for you, then take it:
it's all yours.
But if you continue delving into what
is for yourself, if you continue to wrestle with it, if you continue
coming up with what distinguishes
for you, that's what will make this inquiry truly worthwhile.