Tag Archives: problem solving

diagnosis.

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my laptop suddenly went black and i couldn’t do anything to revive it

  soon left in the hands of my local miracle-working tech wizards

the diagnosis wasn’t the best

 it quickly landed in their icu unit

after some long days passed

and lots of finger-crossing

they somehow managed to save it

took it all apart

unwired, rewired, cleaned parts,

twisted things, fidgeted with things, checked things,

moved things, tested things,

put the puzzle all back together

 (the technical play by play)

and wow – it now works

i’m squeamish so i didn’t ask for too many details of the surgery

 the prognosis moving ahead was

“it will last for a while longer”

(like all of us)

 there could be many reasons

why it had a near-death experience

just happy that it’s working and back in action

and that’s a very good thing.

“a lot of people asked me if it was frustrating not having a clear specific diagnosis,

but i didn’t mind. i just chose the most optimistic diagnosis.”

-karen duffy

ideas.

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when you want to change the color of your shoes

but don’t have a job

to make the money to buy them

and no one will hire you

just because you are a 4-year-old

even though you have a lot of energy

you find your own way to get those turquoise shoes.

“a busy mind is full of thoughts, a blissful mind is full of ideas.” 

– amit kalantri, author

determination.

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that moment when you understand

that a little thing like a snowstorm 

won’t stop you from getting where you need to go.

 

 

“determination gives you the resolve to keep going

in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.”

-denis waitley

collective.

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part of the lake house crew of friends

worked together

to create a solution

involving the installation of a new dock

with

2 sets of waders

4 people with different ideas

8 hands

myriad tools

and

in the end

success.

 

 

 

 “the shape and solutions of the future

rely totally on the collective effort of people working together.

we are all an integral part of the web of life.”

jacque fresco, – Life Future People Together

see if it works.

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one of my former students

who i now work with after school

created this travel brochure

complete with her plan for ‘how to get there’

using an innovative method i hadn’t considered

but it makes perfect sense from her perspective.

 

“we learn by taking action and seeing whether it works or not.”

-patrick lencioni

solved.

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update

for those who wondered

right along with me

how i would solve 

this puzzle

when the symmetrical framing

was 

quite possibly built upside down

on a table too small to turn the puzzle

i opted

not to 

turn the table or tear down the walls or the house

instead

i accepted 

the opportunity

of  the additional challenge

offered up

and just built it upside down.

solved.

 

“creating something is all about problem-solving.”

-philip seymour hoffman

magnets.

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after much trial and error and an ‘aha’ moment,

the kinders figured out what magnets do and found a place to put them.

“a teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.”

~ever garrison