The great thing about learning is that it is not confined to certain times or a specific location. Learning can happen anytime, anywhere.
I like to highlight this fact by, once a month, looking at things we encounter on a daily basis and seeing what important lesson we can from them.
In today’s installment of “Five Things We Can Learn From Everyday Objects” we are going to talk about silverware…
5 Things We Can Learn From Silverware
1. Some Are Meant For This & Some Are Meant For That
Have you every tried to eat cereal with a knife? I never have, but I imagine it results in Joker-like scars and soggy Fruit Loops. Knives are great, but they are not meant to be used to eat cereal. That job is more suited for a spoon. Certain types of silverware are meant for certain types of jobs. Same can be said for people.
As much as I enjoy rhyming, I will never be Busta Rhymes. And as much as I enjoy pretzels, I will never be Auntie Anne. We are not meant to do everything, and that is okay. Maybe I am meant to be the first person to use Busta Rhymes and Auntie Anne in back to back sentences, who knows?
2. Teamwork Makes The Dream Work
Forks and knives are like the John Stockton and Karl Malone of cutting steak — the cutlery version of the pick and roll. Individually, they are still pretty good, but together they are legendary.
As we just learned, some things are meant for this, and some are meant for that. And some time, they are meant to work together.
3. There Can Be Strength In Numbers
Until a year ago, my house only had 4 forks. My brother and I were forced to do dishes more often than an IHOP. I don’t think we realized that forks are not just something that comes with the house, (still learning that lesson about a hose) they can actually be purchased with money earned at our adult jobs.
Luckily for us, our cousins (younger cousins, mind you) heard about our fork problem and purchased us a brand new set of 10 forks. Well, let me tell you…having 14 forks made us feel like Charlie (of Willy Wonka fame) with his golden ticket. We were ready to take on the world.
Education. Funding. Help. What could you use more of? Most things you need don’t just come with the job. You have to go out there and get them yourself. And if that doesn’t work, casually drop hints around my cousins and maybe they will get it for you.
4. Don’t Get Rusty
While we didn’t have many forks, we did have plenty of knives. Only there was one problem. The knives cut as well as an adult trying to use those blunt, tiny scissors found in a kindergarten classroom.
Much like a businessman who does things because “that is how we have always done it” our knives were old, rusty and in need of a social media lesson. We had the correct tools, but weren’t getting the results. Not until we got new knives did we see how much easier life is when we stay sharp.
5. When You Can’t Find What You Are Looking For, Create It
I like to believe that someone in the early 1900s was eating spaghetti and ice cream at the same time. The ice cream kept falling through the fork, and the spaghetti wouldn’t stop slipping off the spoon. They grew frustrated at having to keep switching back and forth between utensils.
Anyone could look at that situation and say, “Who eats spaghetti and ice cream together? Sounds like the habits of a psychopath.” But in this make believe story, this person was not a psychopath, but an inventor. Out of this conundrum the spork was born. If you have never used a spork, just picture something that looks like a silver fire emoji. Not quite a spoon, not quite a fork, it is curved around the edges and pointy in the middle. Great for eating spaghetti and ice cream together…I assume. I doubt my story is 100% accurate, but the point remains the same. Someone had a problem, found that the solution did not exist yet, so they created it themselves.