Thinking further about this, I think it’s less about quality of the work than about worthiness of the work. A subtle distinction, one I’m not sure how to explain (one I’m not sure I fully understand). It’s sort of like, “What if my offering to the universe really is enough?” only that sounds like it goes a bit too far the other way, and is too melodramatic and sweeping. But maybe not.
Something to think on some more.