On Quality

QUALITY (noun)
1.    the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.
2.    a distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something.

If you can reliably, and without drama, deliver precisely what you have promised, this is Quality.

Quality happens when a car, regardless of price, has doors that don’t squeak.
Or when a website doesn’t go down.
Or when your dry cleaning is ready on the day it’s promised, and your clothes are clean.

Quality is often related to excellence . . .
This is experienced as the clarity of the diamond, the luxurious nap of the wool or the precise handling of the sports car . . . usually something most others can’t match.

And then there’s the Quality of right effort, of “I did my best” . . . of the sweat and vulnerability that happens when a human has given it her/his all.

Quality is subjective, a matter of personal perspective:
A 100 million-dollar Hollywood movie might have more spectacular special effects or be more carefully edited, but it might not have the Quality you find in an Indie film.

What is the Quality of your Dharma practice?

When you’re doing your work,
sitting in meditation,
studying a teaching,
creating an offering
or engaging with others,
there is no more important question to answer than: “what sort of Quality am I seeking here . . . and why?


If this resonates with you, neither grief or a broken heart, or fear, precludes you from genuine consideration of the degree of excellence (aka Quality) of your own participation in the ongoing moments of your life.