Things aren’t always what they seem or not always as easy as it sounds.
A few months ago I received a Serger sewing machine. The
accompanying CD was intended to demonstrate how to thread the four needles. Head twisted sideways and with frequent pauses and replays it still didn’t make sense. Time to call the expert. I was fortunate to find Yasmin at the Ottawa Sewing Centre. I booked a one on one session and am now a serging frenzy.
A few years ago, prior to a trip to China, I thought a few polite phrases and survival questions in Mandarin would be helpful. I now have a box of instructional CDs that I am tempted to use for skeet shooting. Time to call the expert. I am now enrolled in a small group Mandarin class and managing to stumble through a few key phrases.
Even in my own area of Etiquette and Civility I have been appalled at some of the advice I have read online. Not everything that is written with the hashtag etiquette is appropriate. Yikes gentlemen, remove your hat even in a casual restaurant! Oh my, send someone an anonymous note that they’re rude? Who are these authors? What are their credentials? Where did they study? Time to call the expert.
Books and videos can certainly be wonderful and helpful instructional tools. Sometimes though they’re just not enough. Ever try to learn to dance by following cardboard foot prints on the ground? Ever tried to learn to play the piano with a fake keyboard? Don’t even think of cutting down a tree thicker than your wrist. I wonder how many people have rented a chainsaw and then realized they needed expert instruction. Let’s hope this realization wasn’t on their way to the emergency department.
Sometimes we can learn things online and in books.
Sometimes the smartest thing is to call the expert.