With the flick of a wrist, the portrait emerges. In a matter of moments, a new creation takes form: first, in broad outlines; then, in stunning detail. Last week, I was the subject of a Quick Draw lesson.
Woven into the storyline, though, is another Quick Draw analogy. In the western sagas are the images of the gunslinger and frontier Marshall standing in the street. One is intent on chaos; the other with a belief in law and order. At their hips are the holstered six-shooters.
The tension builds as we wait for the Quick Draw.
Back in February, I acquired a Motorola Android X through Verizon. While some accountants refer to that time of the year (from January 1st through April 15th) as Tax Season, I prefer to think of it as the Season of Three P’s: People, Phone, and Paper. Regardless of the name, it’s a serious and dangerous game.
There is not much time for playing with new toys. So, I focused on the working aspects of my new Smart-phone. It made calls, received calls, made cute noises, and displayed the Car-Dock Application every time it was removed from the beautiful, Verizon-branded, leather holster on my left hip. Yes, I was practicing my Quick Draw.
“Problems” are simply “Opportunities” in disguise. With the new Summer Season and a little time to play, the investigation began as to “Why” my Droid thought I was a Car in need of a Dock! Rather than regale you with the serendipitous path of discovery, which wound its way through a variety of Self-Experimentation and Motorola-Technicians, let’s pick up the story with the Quick Draw episode.
With a stud in his ear, a tattoo on his hand, and a furrow between his brows, the Verizon manager thought it time to intervene in the puzzled look of his sales associate. “What’s the problem?” he asked. “We need to exchange the case,” she replied. By then, he was reaching out to take my Droid and Holster from her.
Sure enough, just as I had experienced and passionately described, the phone displayed the Car-Dock App when slipped from the leather case, with a magnet secured flip-lid.
The manger looked at me and said the “silliest” thing, “Put the phone in the case the other way.” Evidently, the deer-in-the-headlights look from me was the catalyst for him to begin speaking slowing and demonstrating how to place the phone in the leather case screen-side out, rather than in. As he started the second demonstration, my frustration had grown.
“Yes, I understand!” was my contempt laden response. “Problem is that I don’t want to do it your way. I want to slip the phone into the case my way.”
Funny thing happened in that moment: He realized that I wasn’t stupid; and, I realized that my behavior was!”
As I received the Droid and Holster from him, holding the phone in my left hand and case in the right, I quickly realized the absurdity of the situation. That phone was not going to change its response to magnetic fields and the holster was not going to change its composition. I had a choice: to change; or, continue the insanity of doing the same thing while expecting a different result.
The five “its” of Quick Draw Change:
Before a problem becomes an opportunity, reality must be accepted. Admission is the first step to crossing the threshold into a new world. Whether the price of a ticket or the vivid acknowledgment of the situation, we must admit there is the need for change.
With the realization that there must be a Better Way, comes the temptation to stay stuck. Until the pain of the present exceeds the fear of the unknown, we wallow in Stinkin’ Thinkin’. To choose a new path, we must omit the distractions of all other variables.
To bend a knee in deference is the hardest physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual task known to a human. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. To learn and grow, we must be able and willing to submit and sacrifice our ego on the altar of humility.
Talk is cheap and options are many. The secret to accomplishment is choosing one and then doing it. All thoughts and actions become focused on that singular goal. To take the next step forward, we must commit to shifting our balance from the past to the future.
Ruts are nothing more than graves with the ends kicked out. Everything we do has been learned and practiced into a pattern of life, with which we are comfortable. No pain, no gain. Any new habit is developed over time, with a certain amount of awkwardness.
As I stood there in the local Verizon store, with Droid in one hand and Holster in the other, I had to admit that I wanted my phone to behave differently. By choosing to omit the options that didn’t work, I was left with one viable possibility.
Darn it was hard to, humbly, accept the advice of someone who had been through the same frustration and was offering such a simple solution.
Yet, I did submit to the iiWii reality (It Is What It Is). By then, I was in commit mode: the past was left behind for a more functional future. The new habit is, actually, fun to practice.
With a flick of the wrist, that Droid, literally, leaps from the Holster into the hand of a new creation.
I have become a Quick Draw artist!