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Yet, we agreed, none were very aesthetically pleasing in our desire to create an uplifting, beautiful environment that would positively affect our daily performance and happiness.
To stimulate our idea process, we went to local home improvement monster box store and cruised aisles, trying to come up with a good solution. No luck.
Finally, frustrated and back home again, I noticed glass block I had in my office. It simply sat on my window sill since I had nowhere to install it, but I had loved it for years. Was there some way to use block?
We quickly discovered that spacing was almost perfect Ė one column of glass block on either side would fill gaps perfectly. The wave pattern made it so, while light came through, we didnít really see what was outside, just some color.
Now we wondered how we would stack a column of blocks, without mortar. It turns out they make a plastic insert for just that purpose Ė dry-stacking glass blocks.
We bought some blocks and inserts and you would think that window had been specifically planned for this purpose. I was amazed! The solution was perfect. Yet, in my initial rush to solve problem, I would never have come up with this.
It was a wonderful lesson to me to: 1) take enough time to come up with best solution, and 2) put your head together with one or more others to guarantee better solutions.
In this action-oriented culture, there isnít much value placed on patience. Let us be wise and not make that mistake.
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