Measure twice, cut once is an expression that my husband would often say to me while doing woodworking. He said, “Once you make the cut, if the board is too short the only thing you can do is get a new board”. You can’t put the wood back if you cut it short it won’t work The new board cost money and the shorter piece doesn’t work for the project
I have been in the process of rebranding my organizing business and have shifted some of the services that I offer. While getting ready to launch, I got overexcited and bought a costly program. The program is not what I needed. What I needed was to save my money and focus on other areas. Had I thought twice, I would have not bought the program. Just like woodworking buying without giving thought, cost me money and time.
It is the same thing that I see as a professional organizer and for myself. We get excited and make an impulse purchase. Got to have that shirt, those shoes, or cute throw pillows. We wear the shirt and the shoes. We see a picture of ourselves in the new shirt and think, “Oh my gosh! what was I even thinking of?” We wear the shoes once and they hurt our feet. The throw pillow color is totally wrong but by the time we realize it, it’s too late to return it All of the impulse purchases now sit in your closet with the thought of “maybe _______”?
Now, I want you to think about that person who could be your spouse, friend, relative, or coworker and they just irritate you sometimes. Overall, they’re pretty nice but then there are moments of that: tipping point, proverbial straw, thing that sends you over the ledge and you want to explode. That is the moment where you have to think twice (measure twice) before you speak (cut). Just like that piece of wood, you cannot bring your words (the wood) back. There will be some people you’ll be able to work out the relationship with. Other people, the words spoken may be too deep or irreparable. You may have regret because you really did not want to lose that relationship.
Make sure that you measure twice and cut once in all areas of your life. If there’s something on your mind that you want to take care of contact me. I can guide you through it, one conversation at a time.
Lisa Giesler -Speaker, Consultant, Professional Organizer, Author of Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life.