Treat Your Profession as an Art

A while back we had new linoleum laid in our kitchen and in my office area. It was a pleasure to watch this tradesman at work. Like every other home that I know of, our house is no exception: it’s just a fraction off square. Did it bother this craftsman? Not at all! One end of our kitchen was about  1/2 inch longer the other end. I forget the exact measurements, but when this fellow made his final cut and laid the linoleum, the piece fit exactly without any need to ‘fudge’ by adding a corner round or other means of covering up a mistake such as improper measurement or poor cut.

That’s professionalism! This floor specialist had a passion for doing a job  right and it showed in the way that he enjoyed his trade. This might also have been the reason why we had to book about three weeks ahead to have him come to lay our flooring: he was in demand. If given a choice, people will always hire someone that they can count on doing a perfect job every time over someone who is less dedicated to his profession.

I had a chance to talk to him for a few minutes after the job was done. I commented that it already was after eight in the evening. Did he always work this late? Well, not always, he assured me, but he loved his work and when an urgent job required a bit of overtime, he preferred work to just sitting around home, possibly watching some old television show–not that he and his wife didn’t have their nights out, he quickly added. They both enjoyed a social life, but he equally enjoyed his chosen profession. Was he planning to retire soon–say, at age 65? Well, not unless ill health forced him into retirement. Otherwise, he was prepared to work until … well, until he became too old and feeble to kneel on a hard floor, laying tile or carpet.

What an enviable lifestyle that man had created for himself! In my books, he’s an accomplished businessman and a family man. Or, as some might say, a successful businessman!

About Albert Schindler

I was born on the 27th of February, 1931, on a farm near Hubbard, Saskatchewan. As far back as I can remember I had a spirit that would not stay earthbound. In junior high, I remember taking first place for a short story in which I described my terrifying encounter with a dinosaur. In outer space – that is, when the teacher wasn’t directly speaking to me, I went where Buck Rogers wouldn’t dare go. I was more of a Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes type of guy, with my own, personal, very powerful, transmogrifyer always at the ready. In my ‘teens and twenties, I pushed aside my Calvin alter ego in favour of making a living and didn’t take seriously again my ‘writer’s bug’ until my late 30s. I still saw that the world as full of exciting things to learn and investigate, which my writing reflected in the several articles and a couple of short fiction pieces that I wrote and sold, including over 30 children’s radio plays for Alberta’s ACCESS Radio. Unfortunately, I abandoned my budding writing career in favour of starting my own business as a sign painter. Now that I can officially call myself ‘retired,’ I plan to resume my writing career, only this time, writing mostly fiction. Why fiction? I have lead a great, adventurous life in which I made many mistakes (the ‘adventure’ in life), that have taught me some very important lessons and allowed my spirit to grow to unimaginable proportions, inconceivable to me while still in my thirties. In fiction, I believe, one can adventure into both the inner and outer consciousness of man and the universe to infinite levels where only the boldest dare peak. Convention holds that article writing has to be factual – oh, you can be creative in how you present your information, but ‘fact’ (whatever that means) still must have its parameters in article writing, whereas fiction is limited only by the size of a writer’s spirit, and so far, I haven’t been able to fathom my limit.
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