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A Sitch In Time Saves Nine Essay

This proverb is a metaphor that draws from the image of sewing, or more likely, counted cross stitch.  In fact, it was probably a very common saying to stitch into samplers.  Essentially it means that if you take your time to work "in time" or slowly but steadily, you will likely avoid bigger problems in the future.

I assume from your question that this is a creative writing assignment.  If I were you, I might try to think of a true story (personal is even better) of a time when rushing through something at the beginning caused more problems and took far more time to resolve than had you worked slowly and carefully from the very beginning.

"A stitch in time saves nine" is a saying that often goes hand-in-hand with the wisdom that comes from experience.  I can think of many people's experience in college with putting off studying for an exam or major projects until the last minute.  In the end, it would have been far more worth it to spend more time on the front end, when they considered how much longer they spent digging themselves out of a failed grade or retaking an entire course.

 

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Essay on a stitch in time saves nine

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This proverb is a counsel of prudence. Timely action very often prevents a great loss.Steps taken early means less labour, better success, less chance of loss or damage. Supposetheir is a slight rent, in your garment or crack in the enbankment. If you put in a few timely stitches and repairs, further mischief may well be prevented.Similarly, if you do not attend to your books at the proper time, when the examinationcomes, you are at sea, you will be unable to cope with the situation. A small banyan shoot isnoticed appearing in the crevices of a building; uproot it immediately; it will save the house;delay may mean great loss, perhaps ultimate destruction. A crack in the embankment of river will widen to let in flood waters to cause disaster if it isnot plugged and repaired in time. It is so in all spheres of life. In politics, a problem leftunsolved for long, often leads to disaster; tackled in time it saves a world of troubles. In smallthings as in great, in one's household as in one's business, in all circumstances, promptnessin action means profit; delay means loss.But the average, man is easy-going and indolent. He seldom likes to do a thing today when hecan put it off till tomorrow. That is why the average man has this habit of not doing a thingpromptly, of delaying and postponing till it is too late to mend. A schoolboy has been giventasks for his vacation. The work is not pleasant, he postpones, and he waits for a time whenhe has no gossip or game on hand. This reminds us of the words of Chesterfield to his son—"It is an undoubted truth that the less one has to do, the less one finds time to do it." While we are idling, time slips by and opportunities are wasted. Procrastination is, indeed, the thief of time.Causes of delaying action are born of feeling of complaisance too and much dependence onluck. A character of Dickens, Micawbar took loans and spent the amount thoughtlessly "inthe expectation of something to turn up tomorrow." He was finally ruined. The golden hourof opportunity slips by, and what might have been easy becomes extremely difficult, as it is tomake up the arrears. Sometimes one complains that he had no luck. But, as the proverb goes,'we make our fortune and call it fate'. But proper steps taken at the proper time would haveeliminated difficulties.Hence, we should make up our mind to act promptly to strike at once. "Never leave tilltomorrow what you can do today", was the motto of Benjamin Franklin. We must at all times be well prepared for all things. The shiftless man is always at his wit's end. So he seeks, falls back. But the capable man takes immediate steps because he is ready at all times. If he had arent in his garment, he knows where to find needle and thread to mend it.There is one circumstance where action may be deferred. It is where you find that action isunnecessary and hastiness is not advisable. Suppose the garment- that is rent is badly wornout, probably beyond repair. To mend it today will not end your troubles. Hence as acorollary, we may add, — never sacrifice prudence to haste. Premature action also is unwise, because something may occur that may make you regret. It is wise to be cautious. "Look  before you leap" is a maxim of wisdom