Today I had some thoughts about doing everything with excellence.
There is an ironic expression in the restaurant industry called the Two-Second Rule. It means food dropped on the ground can be used as long as it is picked up within two seconds. I've even heard of the "Two Foot Rule," meaning you can still use it as long as two feet haven't touched it. I've heard and used these expressions many times in my pre-law school years managing restaurants. These expressions are ironic - nobody actually abides by them (that I have seen).
My philosophy in the kitchen, both in restaurants when I was a kitchen manager, and at home where I am the self-appointed Director of Culinary Operations, is that I never serve something I wouldn't eat myself. I wouldn't eat something dropped on the ground, therefore I wouldn't serve something dropped on the ground.
Tonight I heard an allegory by Les Brown while listening to an audiobook. He told the story of a burnt out general contractor nearing retirement whose employer directed him to build one final home. Eager to get the project completed and retire, the contractor cut corners, ignored subcontractors and knowingly used inferior products. When the project was completed the employer handed the contractor the keys and said the house was his. The shoddy home was his retirement gift. This story was used to explain how you should do everything with excellence, as if you were the ultimate beneficiary.
The story reminded me of the two-second rule. While there are few parallels between cooking and construction, you should strive for excellence in everything you do, imagining yourself as the recipient your endeavors. If you would not want to own the product you are creating, then start over or find a new vocation.
I apply the same philosophy with Eternal Roots. When I'm editing videos, incorporating photos and creating the transcribed book, I strive to create a quality product I would hand down to my own children, as if it were the last thing they would see from me. If you brought a similar ethos to your trade or profession, then that is part of your story to be preserved. Many people have deluded themselves into believing they led an uninteresting life, that nobody would care to hear their story. However, if you did your best with your God-given ability, then you have a story worth preserving.
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