It's my great good fortune to have spent much of my adult life working as a boat carpenter.
I first heard 'make a mark not a scar' in the early 70s, from an old time wooden boat builder who taught me the real skinny.
We were laying out a new Mahogany plank for a very fancy yacht.
I was tasked with marking and cutting said plank to length.
It was an honor for a young guy to be trusted with this crucial part of the job.
After measuring to his satisfaction, the old timer handed me a steel straightedge and a scriber.
A scriber scratches the plank with a sharply cut line along the straightedge, rather than using a pencil which blurs and leaves graphite residue that might be visible once finished.
The wise old master then said 'make a mark, not a scar', meaning 'hey rookie, it's all yours, don't hack it up'.
I've taken that shared wisdom and applied it to life in general.
It's good advice for these times.
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