Keeping things running

As a boy I was lucky to learn some valuable lessons from my grandfather about tools and maintenance.

He was a man whose skills and temperament were forged in the great depression and he wasn’t afraid of hard work. Hard work had its place but the biggest lesson he taught was not just how to work hard, but how to work smart.

That meant to always anticipate and strategize for eventual or inevitable failures. This lesson wasn’t limited to things mechanical, though that was his specialty.

I learned that in order to be able to maintain and fix things I needed to start with my tools. The tools in my box and the tools in my brain.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard him say, “take care of your tools and your tools will take care of you” I’d have enough money to treat him to a nice steak dinner if he was still here.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.