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Quality vs. Quantity. When it comes to the things you value most in life, what do you prefer and why?
Quality of life inevitably leads to quantity. This is probably something that only the wisdom of time and experience can lend a person. As a child, more under the tree at Christmas was always the sign of a very good Christmas. As we grow into adults, what we value as a richer experience shifts to having loved ones around us, good friends and the time. Most people would agree that they would rather have a few close friends than a ton of acquaintances. So too, they would prefer a smaller meal of really good food over a shopping cart full of cheap food.
In this age of cyber connection, we have a lot at our fingertips. We can see much more easily how quantity isn’t leading us to satisfaction. The quality things we find, at least for me, are the things that brighten the day (and nights). Think for a moment, as we slide into the Holiday Season, and people start holding their butts for family gatherings. So many face these times with dread and they’ve got their reasons to feel that way, very valid reasons: the quality of their relationships leave something to be desired, yet, so many have an abundance on the table and people around them. When the quality is missing, the universe let’s us know. We’re left hungry for better.
Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) and Christmas are very much the time of year to reflect most on the quality of one’s life and how that is quantified. I thoroughly believe that when you strive for quality around yourself that it leads to quantity. Our lives are not long in the grand scheme of things, but life gives us enough time to cultivate a network and to cultivate experiences. Our choices frame that. The results of those choices may not always be what we hoped. We might trip up and make mistakes, end up hurt or out in the cold. Were we overwhelmed with a quantity of choices and unable to see the quality ones that could have lead to better ends?
Quality vs. Quantity reaches into so many fissures of our day to day. I try to act more consciously of my decisions, not get overwhelmed by the abundance of choices and move forward with quality choices (the ones that will best result in the ends I am looking to achieve). Sure, you might be left standing about feeling stagnated. I often do. However, maybe that abundance of time is a sign to do some quality things, which may in fact bolster your chances at other choices turning out high quality.
It’s amazing how the two are so intertwined. Neither is inherently negative or the opposite of the other. That difference is in the specifics of each instance. Abundance is a measure of quantity, after all, and is a wonderful thing to achieve—so long as it is quality.
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Rebecca Lovell started out writing fan fiction when she was in middle school, and all of it had original characters and romantic entanglements. Over the years she has gotten much better at writing and moved on to her own work but the romance has always stayed the same.
Rebecca enjoys reading all kinds of books (her favorite writers include JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Carolyn McSparren and Lynn Graeme), and loves swimming and interesting beer (current favorite is Revolver Brewing’s Blood and Honey). She lives in Texas with her cats and is uncertain about the weather.