On Simplicity

April 25, 2008

The Revenge of the Lonely Pencil

Filed under: Starting Out — Serendipity @ 12:04 am

Okay, last post on this for awhile, I promise.  But I had to share this; this mini-series about the one-pencil philosophy totally jinxed me.  Yeah.  Not only did I lose my one pen that was out, the next two I grabbed didn’t work.  Freakin’ awesome, huh?  The good news is that the solution is simple: find another pen that works and hang on to it for dear life. 

Seriously, what I personally learned from this is to never be too smug about anything, because things will always go wrong. I also learned that one true test of a good system or idea is whether it still works when a piece of that system falls apart.  I’m happy to report that the world did not come to crashing end even though I didn’t have a dozen backup pens sitting directly on my desk. 

I went to my backup storage area (a set of plastic drawers directly behind my desk on a work table), grabbed cousin of daughter-in-law of son of Favorite But Now Lost Pen and was back in business.  The true beauty of simple systems is that they have simple solutions. Have a great Thursday!


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