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Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater

Don’t be fooled by new, fashionable techniques, sometimes the old ones are the best.

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Don't Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater | My Home Vitality

There is no right way

There are just so many options.

Every day there’s a new technique that will solve all your problems.

I have been eternally searching for that one solution, or book, that will transcend me to excellence.

There isn’t one.

Although we are so alike, our differences are substantial.

There is no “right” way, only your way.

The world of ten-thousand things

In a text dating back to the 4th Century B.C. (Tao Te Ching), Lao Tzu writes about “the world of the ten-thousand things.”

Think how much simpler life was then.

Even before electricity, automobiles and pocket-sized attention machines, people struggled with overwhelm.

So many things to do.

So many problems to solve.

So many people to see.

A cookie cutter approach will not help us deal with all of this variation, but we insist on trying.

The cookie cutter approach

Do you cut your cookies with the same cutter, in the same style and with the same approach every time? Do you pay any attention to the individual differences of those who will be enjoying them?

Does a mechanic fix all his problems with one spanner?

Would a gardener polish his car with a chainsaw?

There is no one-size-fits-all.

There never is and there never was.

New methods and techniques will come along. Try them, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

In the context of this article, throwing the baby out with the bathwater refers to discarding old techniques, that work, for shiny new fashionable ones.

Keep your most treasured techniques (the baby) whilst replacing outdated ones with cleaner, purer methods (the water).

Remember, these cleaner, purer methods only work if they work for you!

There is no one size fits all.

There is no right way, only your way.

Unless it’s new ground-breaking medical technology, chances are your old reliable methods are just as good as any new ones.

Guidance which was true in the 4th Century BC, is still true, and sometimes even more true, today.

The tools of life

Just like the cookie cutter, the mechanic and the gardener, we must adjust our actions based on our own unique circumstances but sometimes that old cookie cutter or that old spanner is just what’s needed.

Think of My Home Vitality as one big toolbox that you have at your disposal 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

When you need a tool, dip into our toolbox and try a technique that works best for your mind, body and spirit, at that time.

This way, you don’t have to lug them all around in your head.

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them - David Allen Quote | My Home Vitality

Don’t be afraid to tweak or change anything that doesn’t feel right or doesn’t suit you, but do be careful of what you disregard.

Old techniques, like songs, can sometimes be the best.

Keep them in your toolbox for future use.

You never know when you might need a chainsaw!

Until next time, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Gareth.

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