Anything Worth Doing…
Anything worth doing is worth doing right – I'm on board with that.
Ever since I was a kid apprentice and heard it first from one of the older blokes still on the tools, it has stuck with me.
I reckon I have a good work ethic and so it resonated with what I already felt I suppose.
I enjoyed the work as it allowed me to think, to figure things out.
It had a process that I enjoyed working through and so I gradually became better at it. I did that work for almost 30 years, every day getting a little bit better.
Did I love it?
I wouldn't say I loved it – I enjoyed it. It taught me lots and it gave me an income so I'm grateful for that.
If anything I stuck at it a little longer that I should have done, but there was value even in that. There's value in every experience.
However, it's my belief that if we find we are doing things that we don't enjoy, then we should stop and do something else.
Those things in the category of “anything worth doing” are things we get joy from. If they don't serve us any longer then we should get out and do other things.
A Lesson In Doing From A 10-Year-Old
I was at home on Saturday with the family. We were all together in the kitchen, me, my wife and three kids.
The boys were getting ready for their cousin’s 9th birthday party and my missus was shaping up for one of those 3-hour hair appointments that I will neither ever require or understand.
She was running late and needed to leave pronto.
My eldest son Ruairí was drawing his cousin’s name on the birthday card envelope and was offering his usual undivided attention to detail to the task.
He loves to draw and to read and when he's in that mode there's just no getting his attention.
Even though it can at times be frustrating trying to get him to do other things like clean his room or other chores, I love that he can shut out the world.
His appetite for reading is insatiable.
800 page Harry Potter books are devoured in a week. The entire works of Roald Dahl have been consumed twice over and we’re struggling to keep him in reading material.
He’s a bright kid and I love that he’s into these things.
Anyway… enough about my kid.
He’s beavering away at the design on the front of the card and his mother says;
Ruairí you’re wasting your time. The envelope is just going to end up in the bin. Just write his name on the card and let’s go.
His response was awesome and something I wasn’t expecting. Afterwards, he told me he just made it up on the spot. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t but it meant a lot to me.
Head down, eyes to the task of the design he said;
Mam, it’s like making a cake, you want it to look good even though you’re going to eat it.
What You Missed This Week
This week I have been focusing my time on Storymaker, the new publication on Medium.
I've been writing here because it was easier and quicker to get a new post out while I was gainfully employed. Time was at a premium.
On Friday I finished up in that project management role and so now begins a new chapter as a full-time freelance writer.
I walked out of there as light as a feather. Feels good to be flying solo again. As I said before, I can follow other people's rules for a while but eventually, I have to follow my own.
I'll publish a post on that tomorrow so keep your eyeballs on the blog.
In the meantime here's what I was writing on this week;
Monday – The Art Of Patience
Tuesday – The Compelling Urge To Write
Wednesday – Guts Over Fear
Friday – What Makes Good Coffee Good
Saturday – Why Does Lindsey Buckingham Play?
Sunday – You're reading it.
That's it for now folks, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you tomorrow