Thursday, July 21, 2011


"Quality is never an accident:
It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives." ---- William A. Foster

Some people think that it's impossible to churn out quality in everyday life. I'll say that depends on -- you. You alone will decide what you want your day or life to be. Quality, I have once read in a nice piece written by someone (now I'm forgetting the name Lols...), starts from the heart. And I certainly agree with that. If the heart's intent is to serve honestly and well... or please with the best intention in mind... or seek what is not just good but better or best... or live intelligently for the bigger picture of life.... that in any language I know will tell you what quality is all about.

Quality engages both the mind and the heart and then tumbles out as visible expressions of it to the outer world.

Here's a story of two mothers...

Maria is a full-time wife and mother tending to her family and doing the usual chores to keep the house turning with clockwork precision. Clothes are washed, meals are cooked, children are sent off to school, house is cleaned, dog is fed, and the wifely duties of a wife to her spouse. At a gathering of friends one day, she was asked by one just how does she manage with all that. And she replied .... 'It's a job. That's what wives and mothers do.'

Sarah, a wife and mother, also is a work-from-home employee as an English tutor to foreign students via the internet. She also does the laundry, cooks her family's meals, takes her kids to kindergarten school every morning, cleans the house, feeds her golden retriever and Persian cat, and gives her wifely attention to her spouse. When friends ask her on their usual monthly lunch date how she manages with everything.... She replied --- 'I try to make the home a place they would feel happy, cared for, loved, nurtured. This way I hope to prepare them well to cope with the challenges of the world outside. My family is important to me.... as I too am to myself.'

I guess you know whose star shines brighter. :-)


  1. Nicely said.If you love your work and make a genuine effort, there is quality in whatever you do.Quality is no accident but is the outcome of sincerity and passion for excellence.

  2. I appreciate and thank you for sharing your thoughts, KP. Have a pleasant and blessed day.

  3. So true!
    Each word put in so beautifully :)

    and yeah quality has been achieved :D

  4. Blessings to you, Chakoli. :-) It's always a delight to see you and with your kind appreciation of the piece. Makes me smile lots!

  5. Hi Ellen,

    Ever time i come here i see the way you maintain the quality in ur posts..i admire it so much..

    Well, quality is not an accident.. i fall under the second important to myself ..:)

  6. Pram! what a lovely surprise!! delighted to see you again. :-) Oh I know you'd say that... cos I can sense that you are a smart independent young lady. Wishing you all the best, my friend!

  7. Ellen,

    When your heart is in what you are doing mind has no option but to give best.

    Take care

  8. That's so true, Jack. :-) All genuine great effort comes from the heart. Indeed!

  9. MArvellous post! These days i have got damn busy in office, and face book is behind firewall, Ellen.

    But today i have just come up to read ur blog coz i was missing this appetite for a long time from now.

    Great posts all of them which can only be delivered by you....


  10. Dear, dear Pearl,

    So lovely to see you here again! Thank you for coming... it's truly appreciated. You have been missed a lot. I hope that if you get some free time, come by again. The pleasure is mine, indeed. Take care and tons of blessings to you and your family. :-)


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