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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Outside the Box

I have been working for a friend of Sylvia's, named Sherrill, for several months. I began working for her to help her clean out and organize her basement. Sherrill likes to have her friends over for dinner and games fairly often, so she has lots of really nice "party" things like fun serving dishes, a large trifle dish, serving platters, etc. Now, here's the problem, Sherrill needed some shelves to store all these nice things on! For months, she and I have struggled with this problem because the shelves she wanted are sold in big 100 pound boxes and were not yet in her basement. They were still at Costco. We have tried several times to arrange things so she could buy the shelves and have them at the house so Shane could carry these impossibly heavy boxes down the stairs to her basement. We never could get the timing right.

Now, today, the miracle happened. I had just arrived at Sherrill's and I took a bunch of her 4th of July party things down to the basement and once again I saw how much she needed those shelves. We needed a MAN to help us!!!! Then, it came to me. We could go to Costco, have them load the shelves into the back of my big van and then when we got to Sherrill's I could open the boxes of shelves while they were still in the van and haul the shelves down to the basement in pieces...... WHAT A BRILLIANT PLAN!

It worked beautifully. The shelves were SO heavy, but piece by piece, it was manageable.

I have been reading a daily devotional book and it has been packed with positive thinking for every day. This mornings reading was entitled, "Program Your Mind for Success". One of the suggestions was to expect good things to happen in your life. Well, HELLO! Today my mind finally figured out the answer to a problem I have struggled with for MONTHS! It was truly a miracle.

I really experienced thinking "outside the box". What a simple solution. Take the shelves OUT of the box while the boxes were still in the van. Sherrill and I did it!

............................and we didn't need a man! :)


Jen said...

Woo hoo! Girl power, baby.

ANTSYLLI said...

Way to go! Sherrill is a lucky woman to have such good help. I can see you both on your Costco adventure together. All I can say is, she will be bragging to Ann so watch out!
Personally, I like it when you think outside the box--in this case it was literally! I think I need that daily devotional book. What is it?

gordonfan said...

I'm very proud of you and Sherrill. It's really great when two great minds fall into sync. I love Sherrill, so Im very glad that you are becoming as big of a blessing to her home as you are to ours. I loved this posting but as a duely appointed representative of manhood, I was curious about your final remark.

Pampered Princess said...

hee hee hee, Eric!!!!

chelle said...

HAHA I love your way of thinking. I would of been like forget it. I am not taking all ???? of those pieces down one at a time. You can forget it. I would of had my kids do it.
I have done it before but there is nothing I hate worse than having to run up and downstairs 50 times.
Call me lazy..I am..I'll admit.
So you go girl for working outside the box and actually working outside the box.
Best part is you are all happy and now you can store the things that never had a proper place! WOOOOT!

Mama D said...

Hooray for thinking outside the box! It is a lesson that can apply to so much of life. Thanks for getting me thinking about the ways I can "think outside the box" to solve some of my own problems.

And welcome back to the blogging neighborhood. You've been missed!

Leslie said...

Way to go!!! I love it! The things we have to come up with when there's no testosterone around to do the heavy lifting!

Patty said...

Inspiration... it's a wonderful thing!! Especially when strong men are in short supply (or unavailable!)