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Broken vs Optimized

While in a meeting today we got into a healthy spirited debate about whether a response card we use was “broken”.  I started to realize something – both sides of the conversation were making valid points.  Everyone agreed the options on the card aren’t worded exactly how we’d like.  Some said the card was broken because we don’t get enough response in a particular category.  Some said it was not broken because several hundred people a weekend return a card.  (Full disclosure – I am on the “not broken” side.)

After our time of discussion was completed it hit me.  Just because something is not optimized doesn’t mean it is broken.  I’m sure not optimized in all I do, but God doesn’t just throw me away and start over with someone else.  He tweaks, shapes, and changes me to what He needs as I grow.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in cutting losses and removing unnecessary things from your __________ (life, work, hobby, you fill in the blank).  I just think we need to be slower to say whether something is broken and make sure we evaluate if it’s optimized first.

What do you think?


I have 7 nephews and nieces.  Usually when I get to spend time with them it’s all or none.  This weekend, however, my middle niece had a “Big Girl’s Night” with Leslie, which allowed us to spend some one-on-one time with Mary Beth.

This morning, MB really wanted to go swimming and, to let Leslie have some time to do yoga, I volunteered to take her swimming by myself.  Boy, did I learn a lot during that hour and a half in the pool.

I can do it myself.

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