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Episode 39: Liz on Finding Excellence

Leaping Life with Liz

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

The search for excellence is intertwined in the story of humanity. Consider the Chinese philosopher, Confucius who said centuries ago, that “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

In our world, there is a plethora of books that guide us on our search. My question is – will we ever find excellence? Or will we be able to know when we have reached the exalted state of excellence? For answers, I turn to my dear blogger friend, Liz from the blog Leaping Life.  Once again, we are linking Edinburgh and Vancouver, which is 7,059 kilometers or 4,387 miles.

So, put the kettle on and join in the conversation.  We would love to hear your thoughts on I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Leaping Life with Liz
Leaping Life with Liz


Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.  The search for excellence is ongoing.  It is a state a mind that celebrates being “excellent in the moment.” As Liz said, “I’m so pleased that I persevered with it all.  Those few weeks of trial and much error now seem totally worth all the irritation and frustration.”

And a very special thank you to you Liz, for sharing your insights and wisdom.  I’m looking forward to our next conversation coming up in a few weeks.

Connect with Liz on Leaping Life!

”Pause, Breathe, Live!

Until next time, dear friends, safe travels.



By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

19 replies on “Episode 39: Liz on Finding Excellence”

I am delighted that you joined the conversation! How wonderful to read your heartwarming comments. We belong to an amazing, compassionate blogging community. I am truly grateful for the friendships that have been formed over the years.

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I so appreciated Liz’s perspective on excellence, using her knitting experience. Upon reflection, I’m reminded of my mother, who was an accomplished knitter all of her adult life. In the last few years of her life, she had serious problems with her eyesight, becoming blind in one eye and nearly so in the other. I remember last year her being upset with herself for dropping stitches and not creating the quality she wanted to. Yet at her memorial service last weekend, one of her friends told me how important and appreciated her knitting by the people going into skilled nursing who received one of her hand-knitted lap robes to make their recuperation (or final days) a little brighter and more comfortable. I would say she had achieved excellence beyond measure.

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Your mother’s life was the quintessential definition of excellence. Her thoughtfulness allowed others to move forward into the unknown of last days. Frances and I were discussing the idea of how to contribute when you are final years of life, when strength, sight, and dexterity are diminished. It is an ongoing conversation. A few years back, Vancouver Art Gallery had a Monet exhibition featuring his later work, which was in stark contract to the paintings of his youth. The light colours had transitioned into the darker colours of autumn. What moved me was the idea of resilience, of courage to move forward despite his failing eyesight. I have been thinking of your especially this past days. Sending hugs and love your way.

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Coincidentally my daughter-in-law, Britt Skrabanek, recently blogged about perfection. The pursuit of excellence is its own reward isn’t it? Each step in the pursuit, each ‘failure’ or ‘success’ is excellence in real time. I like that vulnerability is essential for sharing our pursuits with others. It encourages us to realize that often little steps are also excellent and necessary part of the human spirit which is inspiring to self and others. Thanks to you both.

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I was honoured to add my thoughts! I just sent Britt an invite to join me on “podcasting from a distance.” She is a marvelous and joyful presence in our blogging community. Life has so many wonderful surprises!

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