Consistency or Excellence?

Consistency or excellence: which do you prefer?

I expect that most people would say excellence, but by their behaviour, it is usually actually consistency that they want.

If the author of your favourite comic strip only created a strip when he knew it was excellent, you could have an awfully long wait between strips. If you read that comic daily, you are probably looking forward to reading the latest.

I am the same way. Something that is consistently at least a B is better to me than something all over: A, then F, then D, then C.

This applies to people, too. Some people do fantastic things briefly. Others quietly work at something more mundane but keep at it for many years. We have a case of this in Kamloops where a woman is retiring from the John Howard Society after twenty years there.

Consistency is too often underrated and underappreciated.