What's the Simplest Thing it could be?

@JudyEv (126270)
Bunbury, Australia
January 18, 2017 5:03pm CST
How do you approach problems of a physical kind? Do you regard it as a challenge and wade right in, sleeves rolled up and fists bunched? I've just read a post by @xFiacre about a nurse trying to take the pulse of a patient only to find out the patient had passed away and it brought to mind the first thing I say when something goes wrong with an appliance or somesuch here. The question I ask is 'what is the simplest thing it could be?' My query wasn't always appreciated but so often a solution has been something simple that we both tend to ask it now. Once we were trying to put together a wooden chair which came as a flatpack. There were four of these chairs and the first one we tried to put together had actually been packed incorrectly. The rest went together like a dream but we had no end of trouble with the first one before giving up on it and trying the next. So I'm wondering – what has been a problem to you and the solution has been something really simple? I guess the obvious one for us is something not going and a plug having come out of an electrical socket. Other times the fault hasn't been with an appliance but maybe the switch or cord we've plugged into.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
18 Jan 17
right, when I had to pinch hit in tech support, which I was NOT trained for or good at,I'd start with is it plugged in and turned on?
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
That's the exact thing I do now. It's surprising how often it is something simple that needs addressing.
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@amadeo (67747)
• United States
18 Jan 17
the photo there.Is that a bench of sort.Yes,I had these things happen and simple that it was. I felt so small.LOL
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
It can be embarrassing can't it? Especially if someone else comes along, flicks a switch and everything works again.
@TRBRocks420 (79506)
• Banks, Oregon
18 Jan 17
That's a pretty nice looking bench there.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
It's a beauty isn't it? And it's been polished by quite a lot of posteriors by the look of it.
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@averygirl72 (16635)
• Philippines
19 Jan 17
It's a unique looking bench for me.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan 17
@averygirl72 There were a few of these around the place. People are clever at picking the shapes they need.
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@PatZAnthony (12772)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
18 Jan 17
Always look for the simple answer first! When it comes to appliances not working, is it unplugged? When it comes to a human not feeling well, are they dehydrated? Keep it simple.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
The dehydration is a good one. I rarely drink as much as I should.
@toniganzon (51693)
• Philippines
18 Jan 17
This reminded me of my French friend. I was talking to him then other night and he was having all sorts of problem in approaching things and asked for my advice. I told him that he should approach it in the simplest way. Always go back to the basic. Because of how life is right now, people tend to forget the basics and just use the complicated way.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
That is very true. Go back to the basics and work forward.
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@noni1959 (3453)
• United States
18 Jan 17
I've had silly simple moments. I can't think of many though I know there are there. One is when my cheap dollar store glasses broke and I was trying to figure how to tape until I could get another cheap pair and opened my drawer to get a pair of scissors. There was super glue. Simple and easy.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
Super glue is a pretty good 'fix' in many cases, isn't it?
@Gillygirl (17340)
• Sutton, England
18 Jan 17
One of the biggest clangers I've dropped was when a printer wasn't working at my college. I was so tired, I'd taken the thing apart to then find it wasn't plugged in.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
Yes, things like that happen. So much time and effort wasted.
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• United States
19 Jan 17
Good post on cultivating awareness !
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan 17
Thanks. It's easy to miss the simple things and start worrying about big issues.
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• United States
20 Jan 17
@JudyEv I guess I am backwards then cause I tend to focus on the minute details before assessing the bigger picture--- just to see if ALL the pieces fit in my puzzle of life
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan 17
@enlightenedpsych2 That doesn't sound like such a bad idea either.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
19 Jan 17
I don't think that way, simply because I'm not handy at all and when I try to fix something, I usually end up making it worse. Maybe I should start thinking that way.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
Maybe you're better off just getting someone in to fix your problems.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
19 Jan 17
@JudyEv - Oh, believe me, I do.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
@teamfreak16 It's a wise man who knows he's beaten BEFORE he's beaten. Many of us don't.
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@xFiacre (4582)
• Ireland
19 Jan 17
@judyev I totally agree. Much time I have spent trying to figure out why the computer or TV won't work when the problem all along has not been the appliance but the moron who hadn't thought to switch it on.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
And was said moron thyself??
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@xFiacre (4582)
• Ireland
19 Jan 17
@JudyEv my wife has all the evidence!
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
@xFiacre I thought as much!
@sans224 (1833)
19 Jan 17
most problems we just quit the trial before the very moment it could be solved.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
That is very true. We need to persevere for just a bit longer, don't we, before giving up.
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@sans224 (1833)
19 Jan 17
@JudyEv Sure You are right
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@just4him (120556)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jan 17
That's a good question to ask.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
It's surprising how often it is something simple that has gone wrong.
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@just4him (120556)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jan 17
@JudyEv Yes it is and usually staring right at you.
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19 Jan 17
Great photo.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
It's a great bench isn't it?
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@MRXSNTRK (61)
• New York, New York
26 Jan 17
Well, every situation is different. But usually the best and simplest way to approach a problem is to give the situation a quick assessment, then take the appropriate course of action. Make a mental list... 1. What is the problem? 2. How did the problem start? 3. What do I need to do to correct the problem? 4. What can I do to prevent the same issue or problem from occurring again? This is just a general guide. Of course we may come into life situations where third party assistance is needed such as in a health crisis. You can also keep phone numbers handy such as emergency contacts, local authorities, health care providers, etc. that can smooth out any help or assistance you need should a situation call for it. The simplest way to take care of a problem is through the lost art of prevention. However, when life's surprises, creep up on us, then an easy to follow plan of action, can make all the difference and provide some cushion to any hardships. Hope all is well. :)
@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jan 17
The 'prevention' idea is a good one! You have good advice here. Thanks for your input.
• Pamplona, Spain
19 Jan 17
Trying to download the Adobe Flash Player its giving me a lot of problems but I am getting there. Its like trying to figure out Wordpress and others before they were so easy now they are the reverse. However I don´t give up so tomorrow I will be back to download that Adobe Flash and make it stay put. Just an example.
@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan 17
I had a lot of trouble getting my first YouTube video to work. Now I can do it with one eye shut. Next I'm working on shutting both eyes.
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@nanette64 (17696)
• Fairfield, Texas
19 Jan 17
I have found that Duct Tape solves most problems @JudyEv . Kids yelling; duct tape. Wire hanging from the ceiling; duct tape. Husband stealing the remote; duct tape the remote to your chair. Cat hair all over the furniture; duct tape.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan 17
When we were due to have our first house concert, our son gave us a roll of duct tape. He said every musician needed a roll of it - and he was right. And anyone dealing with musos needs it too. :)
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@Freelanzer (9353)
• Canada
19 Jan 17
Love the bench looks like wood or stone. Most of the physical challenges are usually left to my other half simply because he is better at it than I am
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@DianneN (79892)
• United States
19 Jan 17
Love that wooden sofa, bench(?)! Sometimes the simplest solution is to call my husband to the rescue! It was usually a duh moment for me.
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@cahaya1983 (10043)
• Malaysia
19 Jan 17
Yes! I put my phone to charge and came back only to see it was still not charged - turned out that I had forgotten to press the switch.
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@JudyEv (126270)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jan 17
That is easily done too isn't it? :)
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