A recent exercise in laundry installation led me to a realisation that has ramifications beyond just being able to feel that you are the Alpha Male.
In small moments can be found the most significant realisations, if you are present enough to identify the lesson.
Give me a wrench and a spanner and I am like to swagger about in my dungarees with greasy hands and a smug expression on my face. But ask me to actually use the things and I am 'all at sea' with a perplexed expression on my face whilst I second guess which way I should actually turn the screwdriver to take the washer 'off' as opposed to tightening it 'on' like a highly strung violin.
Given a challenge of installing a washing machine I am most likely to stand and deliver, pretending that I know exactly what I am doing before succumbing to swearing and hurling of said tools through windows, into the wall, across into the neighbours backyard! But there is something that you need to realise here - when it comes to being a laundry installation expert - I make a great massage therapist!
Knowing when it is time to get the professionals in, is as much a skill as it is a necessity. it is when it comes down to being conscious of your time. Your valuable time spent doing jobs that someone else can achieve in a far less amount of time (and bodily harm) is efficiency rather than failure. If you add it up in dollars then think of how much I could have achieved if I had recruited the relevent person, and what I could have earnt doing what it is that I do!
In fact I am sure that a contra arrangement would have been more than sufficient as I am sure with all that huffing and puffing and trying to turn cap screws tighter without the assistance of a 'multi-wrench' (whatever that is) which these guys must do, (because they don't have tool belts laden with such useful materials and apparatus') would certainly mean that their 'extensor carpi ulnaris' is screaming for attention.
So when you have sat there massaging your forearms and wondering why your elbow is constantly 'sticky' and that pain down the outside of your lateral forearm just won't go away. After you have applied topical creams, ice packs, compression bandages and consulted Dr Google for the umpteenth time; give into the alpha male defeat and call me and let me take a look and assess the problem in a few minutes, followed by some acute and conscientious treatment- and maybe I will let you show me how best to use my new electric cordless drill. If I can find the 'on' switch!