The practical is never as heavenly as the ideal

Godin once said that sooner or later, many idealists transform themselves into disheartened realists who mistakenly believe that giving up is the same thing as being realistic. 

To prevent this from happening, it’s about understanding the balance. Several examples from my experiences as an idealist come to mind. 

1. Allowing the little lamp of idealism to still burn, but not letting it enflame and engulf us. 

2. Seeing things as they could be, but not beating ourselves up when life fails to live up to our values. 

3. Pursuing higher purposes, but not letting ourselves be crushed by the failure of our ideal. 

3. Believing in progress enough to anticipate improvement, but not pursuing the perfectionism that is never to be found in actual life. 

4. Embodying principled living, but being careful not to cross over into fanatical and obnoxious behavior that has the odor of mania and possession. 

5. Approaching our relationships with optimism and hope, but not putting people high up on some pedestal, believing they have the power to save us with their love. 

It’s hard as hell. For us idealists, the practical is never quite as heavenly as the ideal. 


What’s keeping you from seeing through your idealization?

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Scott Ginsberg

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