I think it is no secret that I am blessed to be married with someone who enjoys cooking. Over the Easter weekend my wife prepared three spectacular meals in a row. I was blown away by the first, staggered by the second and enchanted by the third, so you can imagine when she asked which one I would like her to cook again one day, I took no hesitation in saying ‘all three!’
However, as is my custom, I turned her question around. ‘Which of the three did you enjoy the most?’ and although she found it hard to decide (liking each one in different ways) she finally settled on the one which she found the most difficult to prepare. This link between challenge and result is something I come across in my professional life too, especially when discussing careers. The jobs or projects that people tend to look back on with the most appreciation are the often the ones they found the most challenging. Artists too, tend to select their works for exhibition according to the level of difficulty in producing them. But their choices, like my wife’s are not likely to be the ones that we, their public, will choose. And why? Because we do not know their constraints, and even when we do, they were not ours but theirs.
I suppose what I am trying to say in my blog this week is that because we can never judge our own work impartially, we should always be receptive to the impartiality of others, even if it does sometimes come rather hard. I have a review that needs to be written and I am struggling trying to find the right balance between my true feelings and ‘fair criticism’. Luckily I don’t have this problem when it comes to my wife’s cooking! 😉
Have a good week,