My Daily Thoughts


The Power of Context

Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity.
Alberta Flanders

I had an amusing experience of context.

I was refinishing the bathroom in my basement.  I had hired contractors to do the framing and I was going to do the drywall.  In the corner of the bathroom, the framers should have had 2×4 in both walls that the drywall would be attached to.  They didn’t put the 2×4 in one of the walls. I was trying to figure out how to get a 2×4 into the framing that I would be able to attach the drywall to.  My first idea was to toenail the 2×4 to the top and bottom 2×4 but it was awkward to swing the hammer.  Then I had the idea to put some spacer on the two by four to keep it away from the two by four in the corner.  Again there wasn’t enough room to use the hammer.  In my head, I was thinking carpentry and hammer and nails.  I was discussing what I was going to do with my Dad who was going to help me drywall.  At this point, my 5-year-old son came in and was listening to us.   Then he pipes up and says “Why not use the electric screwdriver?”  As soon as he said it I knew it was the perfect solution!

I was to caught up in the context of framing and hammer and nails so the idea had never occurred to me.

That is the power of context.

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