Feeling good about what you do

I remember my father saying various things about work and jobs he did around the house. Taking a pride in your work was one thing he said and the other was that if a job was worth doing then it was worth doing well. My father did a lot of work around the home and garden and made furniture for the living room and bedroom. I still have two sets of small drawers that my father made and a small footstool. My father died over 40 years ago so these items are long lived. That is most likely because they are well made unlike some of my other furniture items which tend to fall apart when moved!.

Over the last few years I have seen a lot of workmen doing jobs around my home and currently in the housing complex in which I live. Luckily, at the moment, I have some who do take a pride in what they do and do it well. Others meanwhile have done sloppy work and then have to come back to do it again.

Something has changed in the way people do things. You only have to look at some of the items in the shops. I once bought a dress which fell apart after being washed. I would love to check out all the seams in clothes before I buy them but that is not practical. But is taking a pride in what you do a good thing? Doing something well and being proud of it can make you feel good inside. Even if others don’t like what you have done as long as you feel good about it then that is the most important thing.

It is also good to see that craftsmen are making a come back. Their goods might be more expensive but it they last longer then that is good. I don’t mind paying for good quality workmanship. Below is an old photo of my father and grandfather.