Friday, September 20, 2013


This came to me in email shared by my good friend, Mr. Quote Man. To quote.....

 "When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers,  you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back,  even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it.  You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.  For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through."  (Steve Jobs)


I think that does not speak alone about a job. That also works with the rest of life and living. We are not good just for show. We are good because we are good. It's not that we simply show our good side as in our photogenic side for the camera, but our good has to be rooted down in our core. That's true quality.

Be true to your self. That's all that's being asked of us. Whatever standard or measure or conditions are used on us, let's remember that those things don't matter. You can't let their standards define you. It's their standard or measure, not ours. Because the real challenge is this....  how do you measure up to your own standard of self.

My mom used to say this.... 'Know yourself. And if you see some rough spots, try to smooth them out with learning and more learning. There is always room to grow. But don't let people use their standards on you. It doesn't work that way. Challenge yourself, compete with yourself, benchmark yourself. Always be true to yourself and what you stand for.'

Steve Jobs was right.....  "For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through."

Enjoy your day, with wonderful blessings awaiting you.


  1. I like your mom's quote...Always be true to yourself and what you stand for"When one is true to himself there is no room for any compromise on quality,be it in job or in life.

    1. Hi KP! Oh mom had taught me a lot, more by the way she lived her life. She's my hero. I fail in trying to be like her.. even in just an ounce of her beauty of mind, heart, and spirit. But then she would always tell me to be true to myself.. for who I am in God's plan.

      Thanks for dropping by; it's so appreciated.
      Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Ellen,

    It is always enlightening to visit you. Read current 4 or 5 posts. I always maintain that God resides within us. It is we who do not understand it and look for God outside. One needs to be true to self and do what is right by own conscience without worrying about acceptance of others. One can lie to others but the day one can lie to self, it is the end of all goodness in that person.

    Take care

    1. How very true your words, Jack. Your insight and wisdom to the post is much appreciated. Glad to see you; have been wondering how you were. 'Been to your blog and am learning much about your country's issues through your posts. Thank you for sharing.

      God bless you and your loved ones.


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