A Solution Looking For A ProblemPosted: November 18, 2013
Preparing for what life throws at us is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
I find myself in a lot of situations, unsure of how I got there, or how I’ll get through it. I prefer to prepare by thinking through situations ahead of time when I can. Visualizing what success will look like and considering what I’ll have to do to get there helps me develop action plans.
Sometimes it doesn’t work that way. Just the other day, I ran across a solution for a problem I don’t have.
I Wasn’t Looking
On Saturday, I watched a college football game. The teams playing weren’t ones I’m connected with; I watch a lot of games just to appreciate the art of the game itself. As the announcers discussed one of the plays, the name of a defensive lineman for Ohio State hit me right in the ear – Noah Spence.
Mr. Spence played well; I’m sure he’s a great student and will go far in whatever he chooses to do. But he has one of those names that makes me think “someone didn’t say that name aloud before they gave it to that kid.”
Noah Spence. Noah Spence.
Noah Spence is a great name because it is a great play on words.
And then it hit me. Being Noah Spence could be useful, and not just to the student-athlete on the Ohio State defensive line. In a very specific situation, one that I don’t foresee myself in, I might change my name to Noah Spence.
But Somehow You Found Me
Imagine that you’ve turned on the television news. I am the lead story because, due to some miscarriage of justice, I am a condemned man. This is a shock to us both. It is obvious to so many folks that I’ve been framed. A protest movement starts with the goal of getting me off death row and out of prison.
From my cell, I’d look for a way to help those rising up to help me. And then, while hanging out with the other inmates, watching football, the name I’d filed in the back of my mind would come roaring back. That name is the best name for a condemned man – Noah Spence.
I’d change my name and then call the leaders of the movement to protect poor, doomed me. My new name would set the movement up with a memorable slogan. After all, what’s a movement without a slogan?
And when the story ended we’d all know that the movement to “Spare Noah Spence” was the driving force behind my freedom.
Preparation equals success.