In previous posts, I have talked about a source and a receiver in problem-solving. The third element is a path. One of the three is usually the culprit in blocking the flow of something.
On my very first engineering assignment, I was asked to solve a problem that no one else had ever solved. What pressure for a 21-year-old?
It was a noise problem caused by unloading coal cars at a power plant located just across the Grand Cedar River from some of Lansing, Michigan’s most prestigious homes. The source of the noise could not be changed, nor could the receiver.
Enter the third element – the path of the noise. My employer had tried a thickly insulated sound barrier to block the path of the noise. Unfortunately, it was a horrible failure, because the low frequency vibrations – not unlike a woofer on a stereo – easily penetrated the barrier, enraging the receivers even more.
Enter the skinny geek from Bedford, Ohio – me.
There was no Internet and no Google – only networking. Through an old college professor, I found a vibration expert who immediately taught me the source – path – receiver model. We quickly concluded that neither the path nor the receiver could be modified sufficiently.
In this case it had to be the Source.
Long story short: we redesigned the coal unloader to make the rail car quietly bounce on its springs to unload the coal rather than pounding on the car’s tympani drum sides. It worked!
With regard to unity, I have asked you to think about the source of unity and the receiver of unity and to ask whether one of these could be the problem blocking unity.
Now I ask – who or what do you suppose the path to unity is? Care to guess?
The answer resides in the word of God and will shock you.
Streamside is coming in November!