This weekend I was reminded of a quote that was printed out and posted on the lectern of one of my English teachers in high school. He was also the baseball coach, but that’s another story. The quote was:
“Pride is what compels a man to do his very best, even when no one is watching.”
The spark for the reminder was a conversation I had with a photographer and author at a party on Saturday. He is working on a new photography book about cemeteries in New York. He went inside several old mausoleums, from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that had beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows and artwork on the inside. Where presumably no one would see them. Some would see this as a waste, but he thought about how happy the designers would be knowing that 110 years later, someone was appreciating their work.