Getting Over The Need For Completion

I have a bad habit of having to complete things. Normally you’d think of this as a virtue. The willingness to see something through to the end is usually considered a good thing. But I’ve learned that my obsession with completion is sometimes costly and often disappointing. Some things are meant to be finished. Others should be let go, uncompleted.

Of course you should always finish things like work assignments, family obligations, and many other projects that you start. But sometimes things go south and they aren’t worth completing. I can’t count how many times I’ve bought the next book in a series, simply because I’ve read all the others and I feel like


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5 Responses to Getting Over The Need For Completion

  1. Far more people look like they have a psychological motivation to leave all things unfinished. You need is a commendable one, to complete things.

  2. Steven says:

    Wonderful post.

    I have the same issue in my life. However, unlike you who seems to have a handle on it, I’m still dealing with it.

    Since my childhood was very unstructured, I think I find structure in my adult life by having everything I do complete. Of course, the flip side to this is the financial costs you pointed out and the emotional stress and the time it takes to search for that book, DVD, or whatever.

    Like you, I am learning to use the public library more. And I really do enjoy Netflix since I haven’t owned a television in years.

    Good luck on your journey.

  3. Jay Gatsby says:

    Sometimes you just have to know when to cut your losses. Unfortunately, most people suffer from a thing called ego, which doesn’t allow them to admit they failed. This is what casinos “bank” on (pun intended), as do stock brokerages that charge high upfront fees.

  4. minny says:

    Interesting – it’s up there with ‘if a thing’s worth doing it’s worth doing well’ – no, there are loads of things I do averagely. but if I was prepared to put in more effort I could do them much better. My view is that the extra time is better spent in other ways!

    There was a time that I spent hours trying to get things perfect – to the point I stopped doing so much. It was a chance remark by my husband, he said people rarely notice the small flaws that come with any handmade item, that helped my view change.

    To escape the feelings of ‘completing’, will be like a release for you.

  5. Gail says:

    More things need completion than just movies and book series. How about a set of dishes. I loved a certain Pfaltzfraf set that was going out of print and one day I had a chance to buy all the pieces I was missing. One of the dishes (a soup tureen) has never seen any use except as decoration and is now tucked away with the rest of the set as they are all too heavy for me to handle with arthritis. What else could I have done with the money that I spent of things I didn’t need.

    I still have a hard time resisting craft books although fiction books I am very happy to borrow from the library or pick up cheap at book sales. Learning when enough is enough is a huge part of being frugal. It is also a Godly thing to be content with what you have.

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