Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

Did you know that today is National Sewing Machine Day! It is and it celebrates the invention of the sewing machine that occurred way back in the 1800's.

One of the proverbs that has come from the Sewing Machine invention is "A Stitch in Time Saves Nine". It's a pretty good proverb when you think about it.

It was first stated as a way to say if you get a tear in your pants, sew it up before it becomes a bigger tear. As a proverb it means that it is better to spend a little time to deal with problems or act right now than wait. If you wait until late, things will get worse, and it will take much longer to deal with them.

It is not so much about prevention, rather when there is an issue deal with it as soon as possible so it doesn't turn into "throwing away the torn pants". All of us have daily conflicts, issues, concerns, and tears. Are we aware of them? Can we fix them? Can they be prevented?

I have a fish house cover that literally has a number of tears in it. I left it out the past few summers and the mice love to use the fabric as nesting. I should have fixed it when I noticed it two years ago, but I didn't and guess what...I now have tears in it that will need major fixing! I knew it and saw it, but did nothing about it.

If you have a tear, fix it - personally, professionally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, or literally. A stitch in time saves nine!

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