Our lives are complex and the roles we play in them are often intermingled. Father, grandfather, carpenter…..you get the picture!
This past weekend, I went to visit my daughter, son-in-law and grandson with the expressed goal of constructing a play structure. Should not be a problem, right? Ha!!
There were only about 1000 parts and pieces, a 45 page instruction manual and the daunting recommended timeframe of 1-2 days. All to be done in the first heatwave of the year: 31 degrees Celsius each day.
I won’t bore you with all the steps, but it reminded me of the story of the guy who took apart his watch, and after putting it back together had a working watch, but with a couple of screws and a spring left over….
In this case, we had to bring the most important skill of “problem-solving” to the task, as most steps required a bit of head-scratching and educated guessing to complete. As usual, we adapted and created to complete the project in under 6 hours – but with a lot of sweat and horseflies. I am happy to report that our modifications were improvements to the project!
Fortunately, there was a pool and some cold beverages at the end of the day!