“Do not call any work menial
until you have watched a proud person do it."
— Robert Brault
When I first read this quote, I thought of sweeping with a big broom in a large area at a gas station I used to work at when I was a teenager. I remember watching this person do sweeping and making it look like an art. All the time I was growing up, sweeping to me was distasteful work, and here he was making it look so interesting and almost effortless. I was immediately drawn into trying to sweep as he did and I have to say, that from then on, it became much more interesting and rather fun instead of work.
I watch others in what they do and I am always looking for that same expertise. It is rare to find it, but a joy each time.
I don't think there is any menial work. There is just work. Our own acceptance of it and our own attitude or view of it is all that is important. With an attitude of passion and love of the job, another artist is born.
Celebrate your personal artistry! As you are passionate about what you do, joy follows you as if it is a perfect shadow.