Has this ever happened to you?
Your child wishes for a particular gift for Christmas. Santa searches every corner of the north pole and finds and brings the coveted gift. Child decides within days that they no longer want the gift. All that energy – so exhausting.
It happens that the gift my child no longer wanted was a Rubik’s Cube. Why didn’t she want it any more? It was to hard to solve.
Ever have a challenge/problem that was hard to solve? Silly question right?! This is adult life. I gave the child a pass on this one, no sense having her grow up to fast. Adulthood will come soon enough.
So the dilemma occurred when we were going through items in our home, deciding which items fit and could stay and those that needed to go. These items we either regift or donate as yard sale season is done for the year. We really like to see things find new homes with people that will enjoy them. But how do you give away a Rubik’s Cube that is unsolved. Who wants that?
I very casually took on a challenge by saying that I would solve the Rubik’s Cube and then we would find it a new home for it. For a week or more I played with the cube for a bit before bed. I had come close to solving it many times but always got stuck on the last 5-10%. I could not get the yellow or the corners in the right places. URG!
Thursday night a light bulb went off. Does it matter if I can not solve the cube by myself? No! I said I would solve it, so how can I do that? I googled “solve rubik’s cube“. Who new there were so many videos to solve the cube. I watched one and fell asleep. LOL.
Friday night before bed there was that cube again on my night stand. My thoughts “Okay, let’s see if I can follow the video I found.” In missing steps, I had messed the cube up so many times and had to start again scratch. I’m not even sure how many times I stopped the video or hit rewind. Then my iPhone battery needed to be recharged and so did I. I went to sleep with 3 middle pieces still not solved on one row of the the cube.
The next morning, Saturday there was that “So Close” to being solved cube. I took a picture and sent it to my child. She was going to be so excited that I had gotten so close. But I was not going to leave it that way. I had gotten this far. Although I was not great at following directions, gratefully, the directions were clear enough that I could go back and do a step again or if necessary start from the very beginning.
All to often we give up when we are so close. We all have a Rubik’s Cube type of a situation. Maybe it’s building your business. If we know that the steps we have been given solve the problem or get us past the challenge, why don’t we keep at it?
It’s amazing how gratifying it has been to actually solve this Rubik’s Cube. Seriously a small endeavour on the world scale but what it showed me is that I can follow instructions, even if I have to go backward to go forward. It showed me that it’s okay if I have to start over. It also hit home that I did not have to do it all by myself. I am coachable. So what if I used a tutorial video to get it done, I got it done. The success is still mine, I just did not have to do it all by myself. I found the resources I needed and got it done.
That Feels Amazing!
So what is your Rubix Cube?