Before you can accurately measure you must learn to observe.
Isn’t it interesting that we have been taught much about measuring, using tape measures etc., yet we have been taught little about how to observe. Observing is an art-skill that apparently goes without saying so it is mostly left to chance.
We rarely teach how to see [use our eyes], hear [use our ears], or feel [use our sense of touch].
We rarely teach how those ‘senses’ work with our brains to deliver information to our minds.
For example - enhanced civilization has brought to us nano-accuracy in measurements...coupled with the inability to identify trees and their flowers or birds and their calls.
Yes – of course we admonish, "Pay Attention!" We began to hear that from figures of authority when we were very young.
We rarely teach anyone How to Pay Attention…
…Let alone Why they ought to Pay Attention.
[For example – Has anyone ever helped you understand the huge advantages you will experience if you understand both Why you should improve your observations and How you can go about learning the good habits of skilled observation?]
And, another key consideration: How can you fully engage and employ your Talents if you lack the skills and habits of observation?
The answer is simple enough: you cannot; in fact, without development of observation skills you cannot even understand your Talents let alone put them to constructive use.
The good news is it is never too late. You may have never received observation education or training. Your children may have never received observation education or training. That is not a problem. That only becomes a problem if you now choose to ignore the need for observation education and training.
Being graphic -
If you choose to think there is no need for improved observation skills then you are wrong-thinking.
If you choose to think there are no methods for improving observation skills then you are wrong-thinking.
If you choose to 'live and let live' or 'live to learn another day' then you are wishful-thinking and setting the stage for life-long mediocrity.
"Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them."
Roman Emperor ('Meditations', circa 180 AD)