There’s an old saying you’ve probably heard before: measure twice, cut once. It’s oft used by carpenters, glass cutters, and folks in the construction or manufacturing businesses. I’ve even heard it at Home Depot by a sales clerk trying to help a customer make plans for a DIY project. It’s a reminder there’s only one chance to get it right. Otherwise it could cost time, materials, and money.
By extrapolation, I think the old proverb has a fit for life in general too …
Measure twice, live once.
The length of our lives is measured by two dates. We had zip, zero, zilch control over the first date. It just is. Our second date, well we certainly have some influence over it, but not a whole lot of control over it. Sure we can try to live healthy lives and do things that are believed to extend our lifespans. But as many of us know all too well with regards to loved ones in our lives, the second date can arrive without warning. It just happens.
So what are we left with then?
That’s right. That little line that basically replaces the word ‘to’ when put in between two different numbers. That’s all any of has in between the beginning and end of our lives. A dash. So …
What are you going to do with your dash?
How will others describe your dash after the second date arrives?
Regardless of its figurative length, how thick and full is your dash?
Is it colourful or simply a pale shade of grey?
Is your punctuation mark just dividing your life into intervals or are you using it to accentuate and give emphasis to the life you are living?
Don’t waste your dash. Don’t waste a perfectly good piece of God’s materials. Don’t underestimate the dash between the measurements of your life. Live it well. Live it fully. Live it kindly. Heck, it could end up being a lot longer than you’d ever imagine it could be. Might as well have some fun with it too. So live it with a hat on. A multi-coloured one if you really want to be adventurous. Hats can save lives remember? So by extension then, hats extend the dash.
In response to today’s Daily Prompt: Underestimate
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