A baker’s dozen is the number 13. In Medival England, the bakers were penalised or fined if the bread was not the right weight. They tossed in the extra one and played safe, and this term was coined.
I am totally in sync with this phrase. Let us be prepared always a little extra not for the fear of being fined, but to perform well. Some people do just the job required, I have heard the phrase “I will do what I have been told” many a times. Yes, but going one step ahead and knowing the reason for performing the task too adds value to it. Knowing the bigger picture helps with the task being completed in a natural way.
I recall a quote of Jennifer Holliday:
A lot of times we base things on our immediate circumstance. We don’t see the big picture for our lives. We don’t love ourselves. We don’t have a way of gauging the future.
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5 thoughts on “A Baker’s Dozen”
I agree… I too believe in doing a little extra considering the bigger picture. But sometimes one gets taken for a ride for this habit.
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Maybe one does at times. The way one could look at is ” Better safe than sorry.” Thanks for reading.
Didn’t know the story behind Baker’s Dozen..glad learnt it from you. You are right, we are so busy achieving one goal after another that more often than not we forget to see the bigger picture.
This reminds me of another quote ‘hope for the best, plan for the worst’ now you can’t do that if you don’t see the big picture, no?
I had no idea of the meaning behind this phrase. Thanks for sharing 🙂