Using the Proper Tool
I am a strong believer in using the proper tools to make a job easier, quicker and much less frustrating.
When I was planning this post out in my mind, I was going to use the example of trying to remove a Phillip head screw with a flat head screwdriver. I figured everyone has experienced that frustrating experience. But then, this morning happened…
Today was the morning everyone overslept. (I should mention that I have a wife and 5 school-age children.) I am yelling time intervals to one child as they are showering, as I am cheering two others on to eat their breakfast like there is no tomorrow. My wife, who is also running late, then drops the bombshell that she does not have time to fix our two younger daughters’ hair for school. Dad is now in charge of that feat. Under my wife’s watch, their hair will go from braids one day to buns to all other hair designs that I know nothing of. Dad’s hair knowledge pales in comparison. I am lucky if I can get them in a ponytail that is somewhat centered on the back of their heads.
How does this get to the using the proper tool you are probably wondering?
As I went to start wrangling bed head into a pony tail, the girls couldn’t find their hair brush. No big deal, I’ll just use my comb. Well for those that don’t know, for long hair the comb just brings tears and yelps of pain. As I am considering how to bribe the school to make today a hat day, so I can put a Sox cap onto their noggin and call it a day, their brother raided their older sister’s room and stole his high school sister’s brush. We ended up with two ponytails more reminiscent of the 1980’s side ponies but all in all a success.
As you can see, we had two proper tools in my story, the brush and the brother who is the proper tool for raiding his older sister’s room. We also had two incorrect tools, the comb also known as the “Tear Bringer” and my alarm clock.
I hope this very true story has made you think of a few times when having the proper tool or tools would have made your situation easier.
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