A problem shared
Our CEO, Sarah, reflects on how a "problem shared is a problem halved" and notes how the solutions to our problems are often in the places that we least expect.
Let me just start off by wishing everybody a happy new year. I am going to tell you a story now about something that happened over the Christmas period. My eldest daughter bought me a pineapple plant – which now makes me smile every time I walk into my kitchen. About two days later my husband ran into the kitchen with an article about how pineapple plants can help those people who snore. This was apparently verified by NASA and later that day I found the pineapple plant had been moved onto my bedside table! This is, in fact, a myth – “A hoax,” say NASA (I’ll leave it to you to decide if the hoax is referring to my alleged snoring or the properties of the pineapple plant!).
My pineapple plant got me thinking about unusual solutions to everyday problems, and whether, in fact, there is always a solution to every problem? As we work our way through lockdown three, problems that may once have seemed easy to solve, have become a little harder for us to define. Albert Einstein said: “A problem without a solution is a poorly stated problem.” I think our general state of weariness makes it harder for us to state our problems clearly.
If this is the case, then the old adage: “A problem shared is a problem halved,” might help? Maybe we can help each other find the clarity needed to solve our problems? For now, I will just keep on smiling at my pineapple plant, as a reminder that sometimes solutions to problems can be found in the most unusual places.