I enjoy reading quotes. I am not sure why, but I suspect it’s the smile they bring to my face or the lesson they teach. I have an app on my phone that shows a new quote everyday as well as one on my startup page on my computer at my shop and I find myself looking at them first thing in the morning to see what has been said.
One I always remember I saw on a church reader board about 25 years ago. I was traveling most of the summer back and forth to a construction project that I was overseeing. The trip took me past the small church daily and once a week the reader board would have a new quote on it. They were all very clever, but one in particular has stayed with me because it reminds me of the way my dad felt about certain situations. He was a big believer in helping people, but didn’t have much good to say about folks who really didn’t help themselves, but only seemed to take the easy way out. The quote was “He who asks by the yard, but gives by the inch should be kicked by the foot.”
That was my dad through and through. Another good one I read a number of years ago taught the lesson that “If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.” I remind myself of that one every so often. There is a lot of truth to it.
I enjoy reading the tag lines that many folks have at the end of their email. I feel good about the folks who have something like “It’s not about the breaths you take, but the experiences that take your breath away” but feel a little uncomfortable with those that say “Kill them all and let God sort them out.” Ouch! I try to keep my distance from those folks.
One of my new favorites is one I read the other day. It is really fitting in a number of situations. I like it because I feel this way when I finish a wood project for someone, especially a project that has a special use such as a keepsake box or carved picture frame.
The quote said, “The goal isn’t to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” That one really can make you think as you go on with your life. Speaking of that, I need to get going as I am working on a design for a small trinket box for a young man’s first communion next month. I hope it is something that lives on way beyond my time here.
And that’s the situation as I survey it …
After a 35-year career downstate amongst da trolls, during which he built a successful engineering and surveying business, John Matonich is back home in da U.P. His column will appear here occasionally, don’tcha know. His book “Surveyin’ Da Situation” is available on Amazon.com.