It isn’t. It never is.
When we define something as good, it usually means that we’re happy with it. A good day. A good meal. A good effort. But when we add the modifier “enough,” we’re now saying that it is in fact not good. We’re saying that it’s okay . . . average.
As for my students, I don’t want them to use the phrase “good enough.” I don’t want it to be a part of their vocabulary because “good enough” is never actually good enough. It means that you could’ve done better. That something more was out there just waiting to be discovered, but you didn’t discover it. Because you didn’t look. Because you settled.
I get that it’s fine for some things in life not to be amazing. Like the coffee that I make at home. I don’t need perfect coffee; I need it to do its job, to wake me up in the morning and not be so awful that I spit it out. Or have my wife ask “What did you do to this coffee?” So if my coffee accomplishes those things, I’m good.
There are other things in my life, as I’m sure there are in yours, where I settle for less than amazing. But when it comes to the things of value – family, opportunities, once-in-a-lifetime moments – you should never settle.
“My life was good enough” probably isn’t the last sentence you want.
Because that would mean it wasn’t.
Here it is. Steven's blog, where his thoughts about things are revealed. Good luck.