Have you been on a good thing lately? Job applicant number one has more than enough experience, the right mix of qualifications, seems to know what’s required without even setting foot in the prospective workplace, and to boot, is very highly regarded by his or her very highly respected referees—seems a perfect fit. A good thing!
It’s like the song that grabs our attention at the start, moves through with great transition to the chorus, which then knocks us off our socks, only then to finish with a crescendo that has our lips whetted for more. We just have to hear it daily or even more often.
‘Go you good thing,’ is actually a phrase coined from the race track—the horse race track. As that gelding gallops toward the winning post boasting an ever-increasing lead, and we have money on that animal, we quite rightly howl, ‘Go you good thing,’ because horse and rider are the perfect package for the time—they look good and are good; the whole outcome is good. There’s nothing bad about it.
All things considered, good things reveal many positive features. Whether it’s value for money, a packed card, or a good combination of features, good things are pungently impressive. They have irresistible qualities.
The good thing, as far as we’re concerned, is a package of many desirable things combined. And if we’re to be ‘good things’ ourselves in any venture in life we must develop ourselves to look, feel and taste good (as persons) from every angle possible. To get there takes a humble honesty that’s gently brutal.
None of us improve in several important areas simultaneously without goading, and if we truly desire to be that good thing we’re advised to have some trusted goads about us. These come in all shapes and sizes, human and situational.
There’s nothing more assured in growing something good than putting it a warm, moist, nurturing environment.
Good things don’t happen in a vacuum. They happen in a rich, challenging seedbed environment of feedback, and cogent responses to that feedback are a given.
And when they come to perform they hold up to the tests required of them; that day they always planned for.
© S. J. Wickham, 2009.