It smelled like a pungent, loamy forest encased in a single, mysterious room. To this day I remember the smell of sawdust in that forbidden room of my childhood memories.
My dad was a master hobby woodworker – he had a magical room chock a block full of electric saws, nails & screws in all shapes & sizes. The wild & wonderful hand tools dangling from a pegboard on the wall looked like puppets eagerly waiting to be picked up & played with.
Only girls were most decidedly not allowed in this kingdom. So I’d wait for quiet, surreptitious moments to sneak in & take a look around this place, so close yet so far, in our family basement room.
Maybe I was drawing on his DNA, while moving about with stealth, as he was a spy for his day job. Who knows? All I knew is that I loved being in that room.
How a tape measure inspires insight
Today I’m nowhere close to being a master carpenter, but my toolbox does include a couple of tape measures.
Which made me sit up & pay attention when I saw this video about unusual, oft undiscovered features in said tape measures. Who knew the jiggly metal end bit of a tape measure is both a way to mark your measure when no one’s around to help or you don’t have a pencil at hand & that same loose, jiggly bit when pulled taut, creates a precise measure.
There’s a lesson there – insight is to be gained from taking a new look at an old itch, scratching it to gain a new view.
Take your own measure & look for new insight
Ever feel like you’re stuck in the same old, same old? Spinning your wheels with no time to research, take a course, or pay for therapy (or a massage for that matter)?
Here’s how the metal, jiggly bit found on tape measures just might help.
Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective – a new way of viewing the situation & low, the solution is right there in front of your face. (Insert a dusty poof of magical sawdust here.) Like looking anew at the jiggle end bit on tape measures with a new perspective.
When something’s not working we tend to do more of whatever it is that’s not working. We say the same thing over & over (the only variation being the level of exasperation in our voice) & don’t necessarily stop to try a new approach.
So give it a go.
What’s bugging you in your life that could use a fresh perspective?
Need some prompts? Here are some examples, based on issues a client raised at a two day team building retreat I just designed & delivered for them:
- Challenges with transparency at work
- Lack of communication with stakeholders (people &/or organizations that have an impact on or impacted by, your work)
- Poor communication (e.g. between work teams)
- Giving & receiving feedback
- Lack of accountability
For now, it’s enough to simply identify 1 or 2 things that are bugging you & could use a fresh perspective. Next week I’ll give you some simple ways to bring on that insight.
And, in the meantime, if there’s a particular example you’d like me to use next week, please leave a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.