Measure Twice, Cut Once

My dad would often say, “Measure twice, cut once.” As an engineer and general handy man, this had quite a significance for his work. As I’ve grown older, I have come to appreciate the deeper meaning to this phrase.

For me, the literal meaning is true, but the deeper meaning for me is to take time to measure a situation before you act, so you don’t make an error you can’t reverse. Once you cut something, there is no going back to fix it. If we spent more time weighing situations, whether it be the words we say, actions we take, or time we use, we would spend less time having  to repair the damage. I also thought about how to spend differently. I intentionally purchased gifts for family and friends from independently owned and operated stores vs. big box stores. I prayed for inspiration when purchasing gifts to make sure they were meaningful and personal.

Then I thought about how I needed to spend time differently – to measure twice and cut once. I have been trying to stop and be present in every situation, rather than multi-task. Multi-tasking does not allow me to measure wisely. I have made some cutting errors when I wasn’t careful. This is what I have decided to make as my new year’s resolution: to spend less time being in so many places at once and spend more time being present. I owe it to the people around me to do that. I owe it to myself to do that. The work will always be there, but the people won’t. People matter.

 

Jill Fischer is the Principal of St. Dominic Catholic School.

 

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The Power of Words

Susan stopped by the lunch room door. She could hear her co-workers talking in a hushed tone—the kind of tone used only when some juicy gossip was being exchanged. Her first reaction was to walk away and head back to her desk, but something made her stay. Her curiosity got the best of her. She was mesmerized by her co-workers words.

That is until she realized they were talking about her.

We have to admit it: most of engage in some sort of negative conversation at one time or another. If we examined all of our talk topics in a single day, I think we would be surprised at how much of it relies on disapproving reactions to people and situations.

Think about the power of words. Strong words have the ability to unite a crowd…or create a riot. They  can educate and inspire…or ridicule and humiliate. Strong words can create the foundation for our lives…or they can lead us down a path of destruction.

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” -Luke 6:45

How are you choosing your words? Do you know the impact your words have on another person? Do your words reflect who you are and how you live your faith?

Think about how would you feel if you found out Susan was listening to what you said.

 

Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK.