Priority or option. This was something I came across this week while researching to update the tree session of our PDC (Permaculture Design Course) recently.
I have heard repeatedly that people have to wait for things to be ‘right’ before they begin. While I understand what they mean as there is a massive benefit in thoughtful observation applied to design, we have to be careful not to drop into paralysis through analysis and not make a decision at all, waiting for that ‘perfect moment’.
It is in that indecision that the danger awaits. The waiting creates a void in which chaos enters, and we achieve nothing. So rather than looking for perfection, I rather like to look at it through the lens of “good enough for now, safe enough to try”. It acknowledges that we need to move through the different stages of the design process but also acknowledges that we also do not or cannot know it all. So focusing on what is a priority and then working outwards gives us something tangible to strive towards – Whether ecological, social or personal
Our motto is about Making it Real. Making it real is not going to be easy, but like all things of value, it will be worth it.
So, we ask you. How are you going to make it real?

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