Last week, we received our iPad stand. Excitedly, we started to put it together. Now, at one point, there was a cord that had to go in the top of the stand and be pulled out the bottom. It would not seem that this would be the hardest part of the assembly process.
But, time after time, I’d slip the cord in and start easing it down. It would go for a little while and then stop, and no matter how I’d turn or tease it, it was not going any further.
I was not the only one who tried. We took turns. We discussed getting a coat hanger to force the cord through the path. We even searched online to see if there were a trick to it.
Then Pam came in. “Hold it up,” she said. “I’ll look to see if I can find where it’s getting hung up.” She peered in for a second and then reached in with her fingers, retrieving the plug.
Yep, what had been keeping the cord from going any further was the ground. It was where it was supposed to be, and I didn’t recognize it because of one false clue: the amount of cord left at the top.
There are probably several lessons to be learned from my experience:
- Look at the problem in a new way (as in picking up the stand and looking in the bottom of it).
- Don’t trust long cords.
- Ask for help.
- The Jolly Librarian should stick to Victorian literature and leave cords to more experienced hands.
Or maybe, most importantly, occasionally, all you need is a different view of a problem to solve it.