My dad is one of those
“handy” men who can do almost anything with his hands. Not only did he
do all of the maintenance on our cars, I also remember helping him build
more than one building – including pouring the concrete, framing the
walls, installing the plumbing and electrical as well as the finish work
He always amazes me, and I
never doubted that my dad couldn’t do anything he decided to do –
although I’m not sure I learned how to do the same things.
I often worked alongside
of him, but rarely did I do more than retrieve tools and hold things in
place while he did the work. (So I’m a really good helper if someone
has work to be done – but, unlike my father, I can’t nail a nail without
bending it, I’m afraid to stand on a ladder, and I don’t trust myself
I do remember holding the
boards while my dad ran the saw – and he would often mutter as he did
so. One of the things he said is a familiar proverb to every carpenter
I’ve ever met: measure twice, cut once.
Measure twice, cut once.
These familiar words of wisdom came out of the experience of carpenters
who cut in the wrong place – but they have application in numerous other
places, as well. “Measure twice, cut once” comes to my mind often when
I’m making decisions. I hear the voice of my dad reminding me to think
things through before I act because too often we cannot undo an error.
We all have similar quotes
that come to our minds in particular situations and settings, depending
upon which ones we learned and when we learned them
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