When thinking and researching about how to solve a problem, you eventually reach a point of diminishing returns. You can spend hours or days or years thinking about how to do something just right, when you probably would have been better served by just getting a general idea and giving it a go.
Everything makes a lot more sense after you’ve actually tried something. Like milking a goat.It’s a simple concept, really. There is milk in that bag hanging from the goat, and the task is to get it out.
I don’t even know how many times I looked up how to milk a goat. Proper technique, hand grip, stand etiquette, to grain or not to grain (in the goat world, “grain” can be used as a verb, and I still think this is funny. We spaghettied our children tonight and grassed our bunnies.) How often to milk, orifice size, best milk stand designs. Oh my goodness, it can be overwhelming.
For me, all this information was no longer helpful. It was annoying. Every time I saw something new- or even the same old stuff- it only served as a reminder that the imposing task was no closer to being done than when I first determined to do it.
SO JUST MILK THE DAMN GOAT!
It was probably the worst attempt in the history of milking. I didn’t have a milkstand or any real way to control Martha, so I kind of had to corner her and pin her against the side of the ramshackle goat shack that I built for their shelter. I can’t even remember if I had a jar or a cup or a bowl or anything. Or if it wasn’t the milk that actually mattered at this point, but just the knowledge that I could get it outta there! And it turns out that I could.
New experience after new experience has proven to that no amount of reading or thinking or researching or talking or debating about something can replace one real attempt at something. You should, of course, have some sort of a plan and vision about what it is you want to do (Remember, “If you’re not sure where to build a fence, don’t), but the dreaming time can go overboard. That is my tendency. I can spend so much time just thinking about what could be and trying to figure out how to do it…and then at the end of the day, all I’ve done is just thought about something. And that’s not worth much. So quit thinking so much and just go milk the damn goat, because you can’t do something better on the second try until you do a crappy job of it on the first.