Friday Morning

02005-09-02 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

We had a wonderful summer storm yesterday evening, complete with lots of lightning and really big rumbling thunder! Afterwards the ozone was intoxicating. I stood in front of my garage breathing as deeply as my lungs permitted. Clean air – what a rush! Hey, maybe that would make a good slogan/t-shirt!?

Yesterday I got my watch back. It broke between Bend and Portland in June. Yes, folks, watch repairman is a cool job, if you like tiny machines, small screw-drivers… I imagine one has to relax to work on a watch or that small screw will roll right off the table. The Dalai Lama started taking mechanical watches apart and putting them back together when he was a child, and still does watch repairs.

Well, this watch repair man had a waiting line of several weeks and the repair came to $400. See, it would be a cool job, wouldn’t it!

This morning I wrote these words in an email to a friend:

Yes, it is a small world after all, isn’t it. I hope that more people will realize that every single one of our actions leaves a long trail, like the wave from a rock thrown into a still lake.

Then I rescued the Weekly Words of Wisdom from my Spam folder and found this old quote:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead

Every little thing we do matters and our actions are our only legacy. Long after our possessions or accomplishments are forgotten, the ripples of our actions will still reverberate.

4 Comments

  1. Carol

    When I was young, a drugstore had a fascinating old stooped over gentle man by the name of Putnam, but everyone knew him as “Putty.’ He was bent from constantly working on watches. I wondered how he kept that little “microscope” in his eye. There was no doubt he had a lot of pride in what he did…. very intricate workings.

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  2. Carol

    It’s a miracle isn’t it when there are only a certain number of musical notes that such incredible variey and feelings can come from those few….a never-ending richness.And oh my, how rich we are because of Ottmar”s way of using those few notes.

    “Every little thing we do matters and our actions are our only legacy. Long after our possessions or accomplishments are forgotten, the ripples of our actions will still reverberate.”
    And there are not that many words to say what you want to say. To express what’s inside you to others.
    How few words it takes for some like Ottmar to write words that mean so very much…to make one think…to help one grow. Thank you.

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  3. Curt

    We had a wonderful summer storm yesterday evening, complete with lots of lightning and really big rumbling thunder!
    I spent the night in a tent underneath the torrential rainfall from Hurrican Katrina on Tuesday night. 12 solid hours of rain. Sometimes it was so heavy that we couldn’t hear ourselves speaking above the hammering sound of the rain on the top of the tent. Amazing storm.

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  4. Yumiko

    my uncle was a jeweler/watch repairer. now and then, a watch part would pop from the tweezers (used to put in watch parts) to the ground followed by expressive language.

    this is followed by manually going on the floor with a hand broom and a magnet.

    he learned alot of patience from this occupation.

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