Yesterday, I was getting dressed for the Easter service at Redeemer.
I was putting on my favorite khaki pants and the old braided reversible belt that I’ve had since I was in 8th grade, probably, and that I absolutely love.
That pair of pants has more belt loops than other pants that I’ve owned, which I like, but in the process of putting on my belt, I unknowingly missed a loop – the second one from the start.
I didn’t notice until I started tightening the belt around my waist.
I thought, Crap. That’s annoying.
And then I thought, Wait, I think I can just thread the belt buckle back through those two loops, and then bring it back to the center. I think it’ll slide through those loops easily.
I was right. Problem solved, in a matter of seconds.
Not that it would’ve taken me an hour to do it the other way, but I think there’s an important principle to that story.
I could’ve sighed deeply, ripped my belt off, and angrily fixed the problem.
I didn’t do that. I was calm, I considered the problem, and I came up with the easiest, most efficient solution possible.
Now, obviously putting on a belt isn’t that big of a deal. It was probably the difference between 10 seconds and 30 seconds. But still.
The principle remains. When you come across a problem in your life, STOP, breathe deeply, consider the issue, and then calmly pursue the most intelligent solution possible.
And all of that from putting on a belt. Now you know a little bit more of how this crazy mind of mine works. :)