I like parables. Or maybe I should say I enjoy finding life lessons out of everyday experiences.
Today in Gospel Doctrine we were trying to create a suitable arrangement for teaching in the chapel. Having to hold a microphone while I teach really cramps my style as I am not allowed to talk with my hands nor handle my scriptures in a comfortable manner. The Sunday School president found me a podium with a built in microphone and so we quickly tried swapping it out in front of the entire class.
Unfortunately, my microphone cord was all tangled up, so I did what most of us do when cords get tangled. I gave a tug on each side of the knot hoping these opposing forces would quickly and easily unravel the jumble.
The knot, however, was stubborn. So what did I do next? I did what most of us would’ve done. I pulled harder, and then again harder. And that’s when it hit me.
How problems in life can be a lot like this microphone cord. We get ourselves into a tangle and when tugging just a bit doesn’t do the trick, we think pulling harder is the solution. And sometimes it’s rather humorous how long we will sit and just try pulling harder when it’s apparent to everyone that the only way the knot is going to get undone is if one stops pulling harder and does the hard work that needs doing.
The only way I was going to get that microphone knot untangled was to unplug it and unravel it manually.
It was fun for me to think out loud in front of the class as I wove the chord in and out, over and under, slowly untangling the entanglement. Getting to the root of the problem is always more effective than hacking at the branches. The microphone chord powerfully reminded us all of this truth today.