What's the Simplest Thing it could be?
By Judy Evans
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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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.
• 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.
• 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. :)
• 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.
• 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.