Don’t force it

Our camera broke on Sunday afternoon. We switched it on, it buzzed, whirred and then the words ‘lens error’ and a scary red exclamation mark appeared on the screen. In search of a solution, I immediately googled ‘how to fix a lens error’.

As you can imagine, I found a huge number of suggestions. We followed them step-by-step, each time holding our breath as we waited to see what would happen. Buzz, whirr, red exclamation mark. As time went on and attempt after attempt failed, I grew increasingly frustrated.

There was one common thread to all the solutions: don’t force it. Apparently the lens motors are delicate creatures and can easily be further damaged by mishandling.

Cameras aren’t the only thing to which the ‘don’t force it’ rule must be applied. We can probably all think of a situation in which we know that forcing it will just break it. We need to let it go, come back to it later and try again.

Returning to a tricky issue, we find sometimes that something seems to have shifted and things just fall into place. Other times, they don’t. RIP shiny camera: you served us well.

Sometimes, pushing leads to a breakthrough; in other cases, it may lead to a breakdown – of a contract, of a relationship, of a project, of a team. The challenge is knowing the difference.

Today’s pebble for you to ponder:

Think of a situation which is currently frustrating you. Is this a situation where you need to push through to progress or is it one you need to let go of for a while?

What do you think?

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2 Responses to Don’t force it

  1. Frogface says:

    Oh come on. Are you actually psychic? 😉 I am in the middle of this right now. I am naturally disinclined to push, to force anything, and yet, I am wondering whether for once this could be the best course of action. I think pretty much over 50% of the people involved want me to force the issue – if I do am I being mean, or cruel to be kind? Is it a question of the greater good? It’s a hard call to make. Thanks for helping me think about it. Could it be, that like your camera, some situations are just broken, forced or not?

    • Strange, isn’t it? Without even realising it consciously, I have a very similar situation myself.
      Yes, I do think it could be that some situations are just broken: then we have to choose how to move on from them.
      Thanks for your comment,

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