Are We Having Fun Yet?


The March/April issue of Fine Woodworking magazine has an interview with James Krenov, a well-known and influential woodworker. Among his other comments he notes:

“I will always believe that it is a part of the human need to do something well and to be proud, rather than ashamed, of the work that you’re doing.”

Are you proud of the work you’re doing today? Are you having fun doing it? As Pete McBreen is fond of saying: it it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right. Too many people that I’ve met are quietly ashamed of their projects - maybe they blame their management, or their tools, or something else in the envrionment. They are certainly not having fun.

It’s not fun for me this morning, and I’m not proud of my meager output today. Maybe that’s just a symptom of “Monday-morning-itis”. It’s lunchtime here, which means I still have a few hours of daylight left. There’s still time to change the answer to that question by the end of the day, when I’ll ask myself one more time:

Am I having fun yet?

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