Teach What you Learn

We are in a lock down in Ontario for 4 weeks now, commencing January 14, 2021 at 12:01 am. 

While we are restricted in our outside movement, it should not stop us from spending some nice quality time at home learning something that will be a benefit to ourselves and others in the future.

It recalled to my mind that the old joke of how many people does it take to change a light bulb became more than a joke for us in the office a number of years ago.

We had purchased a sign that is suspended from the window opening of our office building, and has light bulbs inside. We plugged it into an electrical timer so it is lit up for a period of time in the evening, and comes on again in the morning twilight. When it seemed to stop working, my first instinct was that the electrical timer was malfunctioning, but it wasn't that, it was indeed, a failed light bulb.
Wouldn't you know it, when I called the manufacturer of the sign to ask them how to get into the sign, to change the bulb, they couldn't answer, and told me to contact an electrician. I've never had this kind of problem before, and have always been able to replace a light bulb, but this time, the mechanics of the sign was a bit of a jig saw puzzle.

I took the advice of the manufacturer, contacted an electrician, who charged for the bulbs, his time, and also made it very clear to me that he didn't want anyone to watch him work. My suspicion was that if this was a trade secret, then he could be assured of another $100 the next time I needed a light bulb changed. To side step his request, I asked my fellow work mate to take a peek out in the hall, and do an inspection for the purpose of learning the skill of changing a light bulb in our puny little sign. We know how to do it ourselves the next time, and can replace the bulbs for about $.89 each for the 3 or four that may be needed.

We won't be calling the electrician for this little job a second time, of course, and have learned a few things from this experience. First, when you ask to be taught, and a teacher has not presented themselves, then you have to take a look for a willing educator. They will absolutely present themselves at the right time.
Second, when you have had a chance to learn something, as small as it seems to you, then teach it to all eager students. 

Here is a simple overview of teaching what you know, and I hope you can take advantage of the situation the next time something crops up in your life, that gives you an opportunity to share your experience.

Click for Knowledge!!


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