[00:00:00] **Aurooba Ahmed:** Well, hello. This is The Daily Five with Aurooba, that's me, where we reflect on creating our best lives a little bit every day. Here we go.

[00:00:15] I think one of the interesting bits about this podcast is how it's really a collection of experiments. Ultimately, it's on average a five minute episode on a daily basis. But how I get to that result differ differs a lot. There are episodes that pull from personal anecdotes. There are episodes that pull from research.

[00:00:37] There are episodes that pull from pop culture. There are even a couple episodes where I'm full on really against the world because I'm just so mad. The episode on openness, for example, in particular comes to mind. There are episodes inspired by listeners and the comments they've made. There are episodes that use a lot of repetition.

[00:00:57] There are episodes with long pauses and episodes jam packed with words from start to finish. The point is, it's a constant experiment, and I think that's a worthy point to make. You can often walk into a situation thinking things will go one way and maybe things go another way and you adapt. But life is full of repetition and doing the same kind of thing multiple times in multiple ways.

[00:01:24] And you don't often know what's going to work until you try it. And many times, things won't work. We often have this grand idea that we're going to revamp how something works, some system we're processing, and because we've thought a lot about the problem, the solution we come up with is going to be the right one.

[00:01:41] But more often than not, you don't hit the mark on the first try, or the second, or even the third. Sometimes it takes a lot of tries. Add in the variables of real life, new people coming, old people leaving, the weather changing, some big situation occurring, the variables you're contending with are constantly changing and updating.

[00:02:00] So, not only are your first few tries not gonna work, every time you try something there's gonna be new or differing variables to deal with as well, that maybe weren't present before. On the face of it, this can sound exhausting, but it's really just the reality of life put into words you are forced to confront directly.

[00:02:22] It's all happening this way anyway, even if you don't put it in those words. The nature of life is not permanence, but flux, as a certain butler on Downton Abbey once said. The show, not the place.

[00:02:36] So we try and try again, and realistically, we'll keep trying. Because something may in fact work for a short period of time, and then other adaptations are needed to deal with the changing variables, the inevitable flux that is bound to make its way into the process or system that is working.

[00:02:55] That's not a reason to give up. It's a reason to feel reassured. You never have to be perfect, because your circumstances are never really perfect. The ever changing is the ever imperfect. If it were perfect, it would have no reason to change.

[00:03:15] Thanks for listening. Same time tomorrow?