Witness Marks

“See that?” The clock repairman pointed his flashlight beam on a small, fine mark roughly engraved inside the old grandfather clock he was working on in our home. “Another repairman could have put that there almost a century ago,” he said. “It’s called a ‘witness mark,’ and it helps me know how to set the mechanism.”

Before the age of technical bulletins and repair manuals, “witness marks” were used to help the person making a future repair align moving parts with precision. They were more than just time-saving reminders; they were often left as a simple kindness to the next person doing the work.

What “witness marks” have others left in your life to encourage you? What simple kindness can you do for another today?

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5 Responses to Witness Marks

  1. adguru101 says:

    Lovely analogy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  2. I remember having traditional furniture and one piece of that was an old grandfather clock. This brought back memories.

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