We’ve discussed this before. This business about “getting better”. I was discussing the music I work on with Maybank: how we think we are getting better at it, how we feel encouraged by our “improvement”. I was saying that it’s a noble goal to get better. And I think it’s hard to argue with the proposition that generally it’s a good thing to get better at whatever you do. To take pride in your work. To do a good job. Not to mention getting “better” in one’s person, in one’s behavior, in one’s relationships, and in one’s spiritual development. It’s just a good thing to try to improve yourself. It’s a noble path.

Of course, it’s not very cool to be thinking and worrying about yourself too much. All that thinking and worrying about failing, how you look, how you did, you know, the always evaluating yourself all the time, well, that’s pretty crumby. It’s easy to fall into that pit, especially when you’re young. Also, there are many traps and ensnarements along the noble path. It’s easy to get hoodwinked and bamboozled by hucksters, shady salespeople, self-improvement videos, diet plans, face lifts, aromatic therapies, religious hucksters, and a constant array of advertisements. All of them promising to help you improve yourself in some manner. Watch out campers. There are definitely distractions. Keep on playin that country music.