While driving recently, I saw a sign in front of a convenience store. It was handmade, on poster board, and stapled to a stick. That much was well-done. However, the hand-writing was not so well-done. It read, “We have your chicken supplies here”. At least, that’s what I think it was supposed to say (I wish I had taken a picture). You see, as someone was crafting this sign, they ran out of room for writing the word “supplies” and had to cram it on the right margin.
It seems like I’ve seen that a lot in handmade signs – well-meaning but hastily constructed. The end result is not quite what the author intended. And don’t we do that frequently in life? We mean well, and we know what we want to say or do, so we jump right in with little or no forethought. Things look good, we are making progress, and then we notice we are running out of margin.