One second. It passes in a flash. How much can be accomplished in one second? I recently experienced one second of wandering attention in my wood shop and the result was 3 fingers coming into contact with the rotating table saw blade. Ouch! The fingers are still attached and healing, thank God (and Peter the PA at the local emergency room), but over the course of adjusting, I have found myself looking back to that one second. What happened? How, after years of using power saws, did I mess up so effectively?
I heard a quote way back in elementary school, attributed to Ben Franklin although I can not verify he was the originator. The quote is “measure twice and saw once” and it applies to so many areas of life beyond the wood shop. We are entering the holiday season with all the busyness, stress, and strained emotions. In one second we can open our mouths and let the words on our minds tumble out. The damage may be severe and it may take longer than a couple of months to repair the hurt caused by those words.
This season, let’s stop and think before we speak. Measure those words twice then saw once.