Problem Solving Solutions of an Alternative Kind

The Gripper and The Gripped

So it went like this. Pick up any object at random, and say to yourself, this holds the solution to my problem. I had run a bath, intending just a quick morning dip and decided to try the above, but there were so many ‘random’ items I could have chosen, I very nearly didn’t bother, until in the bathroom, a brown  plastic hair-grip of the bull-dog type, somehow seemed random enough for the experiment. 

With notepad and pen at the ready, I immersed myself in the water, instantly relaxing into the warmth, at the same time, realising that without my glasses on, my writing might be undecipherable but with the hair grip now enclosed around the forefinger of my left hand, I studied this innocent looking bit of random, jotting down my thoughts with impaired eyesight while trying not to get the pages wet.

Bull-dog clips for hair, are available in a variety of attractive colours, sizes and types. They are useful when hair needs to be held in place, or for keeping the pages of my book open while I copy-type my notes, but, and this is the big one, should not be so tight as to be uncomfortable or cause unnecessary damage.

A certain amount of pressure is required to release the vice-like hold and my observations led me to realise that the Gripper and the Gripped, could be a metaphor for relationships.

Conclusion – Who is doing what to who? Apply with care, and for future problem solving, need to find a better way of writing while in the bath.

About maskednative

There is a gazebo at the end of the garden. It overlooks the estuary. When the tide is in, sea water pools around seaweed covered rocks. The sound is peaceful, meditative. I drink an early morning coffee, listen to the birds singing morning songs, watch a spider spin his fragile life between timber beams above my head. Even in the harshest of winters, the rise and fall of tides, sun-light on water, movement of sky, cloud, moon and stars, allows an awareness of nature behind the mask of perceived reality. I offer my words and pictures in celebration and gratitude to God, for allowing me a glimpse behind the mask. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Bio: Teri Flynn was born in Wales of Welsh and Irish Parents. Educated in England, she moved to Co.Waterford, Ireland in 1997 where her Poetry has since appeared in “The Turning Tide” – an anthology of new writing from Co.Waterford. “Southward” The Journal of the Munster Literature Centre and “Imagine” The Tallow Writers Group quarterly review. Her poetry appears in “Sticky Orchard”, a group effort with Alan Garvey, Jim O’Donnell and Anthony O’Neill and grant assisted by Waterford County Council’s Arts Grant Scheme. “Listening To The Grass Grow” with Jim O’Donnell and Anthony O’Neill was published by Edward Power at Rectory press and most recently, in ‘Murmurings’, Remembering Anthony O’Neil, with Jim O’Donnell and Alan Garvey. Her poem Queen Of The Sea was included in the Chesapeake Exhibition at RUH, Bath, 2011. Figurehead Carver, Andy Peters. Photographic display of Ship’s Figurehead Carvings by Richard Sibley – A themed display of her oil paintings and poems entitled Cynefin, were on display in Waterford during The Imagine Festival in 2017. Cynefin-pronounced kuh-nev-in is a Welsh word meaning habitat or place. A place where a being feels it ought to live, where nature around you feels right and welcoming.
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