Friday, March 19, 2010

Tools

Daily Draw: Rider Waite Jubilee Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

As long as the inclination to do so is there, you can do good work when you have good tools. As I work around my FIL's farm this comes home to me every day. I believe in use it up wear it out, but here it's carried it to extremes: All his hammers have mended handles, foreshortened claws, welded heads; all the shovels are 1-4" shorter than they should be they've been sharpened so many times; there isn't an ax still worth swinging; in the six hours it took me to harrow nine acres Saturday the harrow broke 4 times; I've gathered up eight tape measures while organizing his workshop, there isn't one that works correctly. In the house it is much the same, I've rewired four lamps this year, they all had exposed wire, taped plugs, taped or wired together inner parts; the pancake turner is in the same state as the shovels and an example of rust in motion; I could open a can faster with my fingernail than with the can opener...you get the idea.

I'm reminded by this card, once again, good tools = good work.

"We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire...give us the tools and we will finish the job." ~ Winston Churchill 1874-1965
Or put another way: "One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop."

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