We’ve established I’m not a foodie.
I’m no social media guru, yet I’ve been pulled into the quality versus quantity debate there by virtue of the nature of my work.
Is it better to have quantity of Twitter followers (you’ve got reach!) or a quality pool who act on what you share (you’ve got influence!)?
This quantity versus quality debate has existed for ages.
- Mass production versus creating homemade goods.
- Blogging 7 days a week versus sharing fewer carefully crafted posts.
- Purchasing a well made items versus owning volumes of cheap stuffs.
To my mind examples, from food to followers, all depend on individual situations.
Sometimes less is more. Sometimes more is more.
Lately though Ive swung firmly into the quantity-camp in one hotly debated realm:
We’d just finished our nightly session of the Child grumping at me as I brushed through the snarls we call her hair, and as she lay thisclose to sleep, she mumbled:
Oh, Mama. You’re always there for me.
frick & frack
Of course I immediately felt happy & prideful (who wouldn’t?), but as I sat there for a bit it occurred to me she was only stating a fact.
Quantity is absolute. Quality is relative.
I am always there for her.
I am the backdrop to all her days.
And, whether she or I likes it or not, I am indeed the quantity in her life.
This exchange was, as they used to say, an AH HA! moment.
Instead of framing my time with her as “too much,” I realized it only was from this quantity my parenting quality is born.
Instead of being forced to manufacture connective-moments during a few encounters per week I possesed the quantity-gift of being able to throw shit against the wall and see what
sticks becomes quality.
born from the gift of *quantity* of time.
That night it dawned upon me if I were a company I’d unwittingly chosen the approach of flooding the market with mama-product and hoping, along the way, I’d churn out at least a few quality stuffs.
And you know what?
I’m happily OK with that.
Here? Right now? It is quantity FTW!
What do you think?
- From blog posts to workouts to food to parenting: Is quantity necessary to get to quality?