This past Christmas, I, like many parents, spent a portion of my day reading directions and putting together gifts which require assembly. It seems as though it is becoming more difficult to remove toys from packages and put things together, but that’s a discussion for another time. My youngest daughter received a desk for Christmas. The instructions were fairly easy to follow, but as anyone who has assembled furniture knows, it can be time consuming. The last step in assembling the desk was attaching it to a wall. The instructions recommended a specifically sized drill bit to drill holes and attach the desk. Of course, I did not have that size; I had a drill bit that was close to the recommended size. I knew I could not go out and purchase the recommended bit on Christmas Day. I attempted a number of alternatives, hoping they would work. I probably spent an hour or so trying different options, to no avail. After an hour or so, without much more I could do, I decided to try the drill bit I had. It was not the recommended size, but it was close. Guess what? It worked just fine!
We are often looking for ideal solutions to our goals, problems, etc. Many times, the ideal solution is not available. However, we often have what we need within our grasp! Especially in today’s day and age, the right people, knowledge, and skills can be a few clicks of a mouse away. Technology has connected our world and opened doors that were not available several years ago. I did not have the recommended or ideal tool for attaching the desk to the wall, but what I did have was good enough. We may not have the absolute, best resources for what we are looking to accomplish, but we usually have enough to get started. This is a message which especially needs to be conveyed to all, especially our youth. Many come from challenged backgrounds, but there are people and resources that can put them on the road to overcoming their circumstances. We must have the awareness to recognize and share available opportunities and start on the process of success!