There’s a sort of mantra I have with some friends: Good enough is good enough. Sometimes, we need to accept things for what they are. They’ll never be perfect, and that’s ok. At some point, we need to realize that they are good enough to fulfill their purpose.
But there are other instances when we need to look around and reject what we see around us and determine to fix it–to perform the sacred tasks of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tikkun middot (repairing ourselves).
The question is: How do we know which to do when? When do we accept things the way they are and when do we keep working to make them better?
When do we step forth to do the work, even though we know we can never complete it (as we are taught in Pirkei Avot)? And how do we know when we’ve done all we can?
It’s a rough world out there–and the work is certainly not done. I can accept that I need to keep working on it. And I can accept that I need to keep working on myself.
I hope I can accept, and learn to accept, when small pieces of my life, and even of the world around me, are good enough–at least good enough for now.