It the grand scheme of things our lifetime is but a millisecond. With a little luck our impact on others can last much longer. (Say 10 milliseconds).
Three years ago, my daughter (step-daughter actually) gave birth to our first grandchild. I was committed to being as good a grandparent as mine had been to me. The impact they had on my life has been passed to my children and now I would have the opportunity to share it with my granddaughter. Thus extending the life of my grandparents.
A funny thing happened over the next three years. My symptoms appeared, I was diagnosed,
and my millisecond became a nanosecond. How can I crush the generations of wisdom that my grandparents had passed to me into such a short time? The answer will inevitably be that I can't.
So I've been trying to think of the one single thing that my grandparents taught me that I must pass on. Something that has been an absolute pearl of wisdom that can only come from the mature understanding that age begets.
I think I have it! It's simplicity is its strength. Whether used literally or metaphorically it is spot on. Every time!
Drum roll please........
"MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE!"