I panicked as soon as I realized what was missing. My adrenaline kicked into high gear.
The other night I attended a poetry event a good friend hosted. Earlier that day, she asked if I had a small sound system I could bring so all of the poetry readers could be heard.
I told her I’d be happy to bring my trusty Roland Cube amp. Even though I had a busy afternoon planned, I’d be there in time to set up a mic and amplification for the event.
Later that day I hastily packed the car and made the 30-minute drive to the venue.
As I started to grab the gear, I had a shocking realization.
I had left one bag back at the house! It just happened to contain the power cord for the amplifier.
My heart sank. I couldn’t believe I had been so careless.
The needed cord was not a common one, so it was unlikely someone would just happen to have one. No power cord meant no sound system for the performing poets.
I informed the host of my error and explained that to go back home to get the missing item would be an hour round trip. And the event was about to start.
She wasn’t upset and said they’d just have to carry on without a microphone.
Still, I felt bad and was frantic to find a solution that didn’t have me driving back home.
Steve, an audio engineer friend, was in attendance. We brainstormed solutions. Maybe we could buy the needed power chord somewhere close by. Maybe we could borrow or purchase something.
But none of those options seemed viable in that location and at that time of day.
By then we were 40 minutes into the poetry readings. The performers did their best, but it was hard to hear them at times.
I felt like I had let all these people down.
Then it hit me!
I had forgotten that the Roland could also be powered with batteries.
I had used it many times at music gigs, but never using batteries. So that aspect had slipped my mind.
Steve offered to take a drive and find the nearest store where he could purchase eight AA batteries.
We would soon be up and running!
Ten minutes after Steve left, I gave the venue owner an update and told her about the quest for batteries.
She said, “I just bought a lot of batteries. I have more than eight double A’s, if you need them.”
In that moment, it struck me …
The solution was right there the whole time, right under my nose.
I had forgotten the Roland unit could also be powered by batteries. And fresh batteries were already in the very building the event was being held in.
But, through my frustration and frantic search for a fix, I missed it.
How often do we get tunnel vision and not see the options right in front of us?
How often do we become victims of narrow thinking?
The next time you (or I) encounter a crisis, maybe it’s best to slow down, take a deep breath, look at the big picture, and calmly consider your options.
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