15. Part II 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ Glove Box Fabrication
Some people visiting my site, AbilityToAdapt.com, may wonder what’s going on here.
“Isn’t this site supposed to be about training?”
Well, yes it is.
However, I figured since some low-life broke into my Jeep and stole my glove box door, rather than pay $200 for a new metal glove box, I would build it myself and record the information so that hopefully it will help someone else.
The other part of the reason for sharing my glove box rebuild is that I’m a firm believer in using tools.
If we develop abilities and skills in using tools, the mind and hands are familiar with creatively working out solutions.
And if we can do that, is learning a new skill or adapting an old skill in the training realm all that hard?
Not if we are used to using the hands and mind in creating and building!
The past years living in a city has proven interesting to me in a variety of ways.
One of which is while talking to those that work in a store, restaurant service or office environment, during the course of conversation, what my latest project is often comes up.
And it’s surprising how many times people will ask how I know how to do all those things.
They’ll mention their father never taught them how to work with tools, how to build or repair anything.
They’ll often mention they’ve had the same type of non-tool-using job their whole short life and wouldn’t have a clue of where to begin doing the things I’ve done or am working on.
Which is actually sad to me.
Learning new skills outside of our comfortable little box broadens and deepens the ability of the mind to accomplish more.
If all we’ve ever done is watch movies, play video games and work on some keyboard in our office, how are we going to improvise, adapt and overcome (IAO) challenges unless it falls into the narrow category our life has outlined for us.
People often say “Think outside the box.”
Yet how can we do that if we never get outside the box to begin with?
The key word in that saying that is often focused on is “think”.
If we’ve always had the same kind of job, the same kind of interests and never explore and get our hands dirty doing other things, how in the world are we going to IAO when situations become more challenging?
How are we going to “think” our way through a problem we’ve never seen before if we have a narrow boxed in thinking pattern?
Our ability to improvise and adapt and think outside the box has never been stretched and strengthened.
Often we hear the phrase “stronger minds mean stronger bodies” or “develop a stronger mind to develop a stronger body” or some such thing.
Are these just cute little sayings we’re bandying about?
Sadly, exposure to new ideas often occurs through some movie or video game.
Or, just as bad, from merely reading about something different.
Don’t get me wrong, reading is good, but as an ancient book said at Eccl.12:12
“… To the making of many books there is no end, and much devotion to them is wearisome to the flesh.”
People often say knowledge is power.
Knowledge is merely knowledge, an awareness of something.
Knowledge becomes power when we purposely use that knowledge to accomplish a goal.
And it’s best for all involved when that knowledge is used for some good purpose.
I once had a little discussion with a person about people playing Nintendo’s Wii games. They actually felt such persons were pretty capable.
I was asked: “Have you ever played a Wii? You can get pretty breathless playing the games you know, and it teaches you how to use sports actions.”
Wow, we really do live in a different world, lol.
So I asked him, if you had to choose between two people to be on your team in a real sport or on a deserted island, or in some other challenging situation, who would you choose?
The Wii expert?
Or the person who had real life experience playing sports out on a field mixing it up with other people, making and using tools and having experience camping in the rough, or for example, some tough old farmer?
I know for sure I wouldn’t pick some Wii type person to be on my We Team.
Here’s a thought:
How do we learn?
Often the biggest contributor to learning is using the hands.
Think about it.
You want a stronger, more athletic body?
You want a stronger more resilient mind?
You want to create a stronger connection between the two?
Take the hands on approach to learning new skills and you’ll get a stronger mind and body.
Pick some new project, some new program, and some new skill in any area that suits you. Get your mind involved by getting your hands involved.
Get mentally physical and physically mental, if that makes sense.
You’ll be better for it.
It’s been proven that the person who writes down thoughts with pen or pencil and paper retains more than the person who taps letters on a keyboard.
Every keystroke has the same tactile feel and sound.
Every letter put to paper has a different feel to it, a different stroke, varying pressure and lifting and resettling of the writing instrument.
The pencil has a greater tactile sensation to it and the feel of the paper below the hand and the drag of the pencil or pen across the paper all serve to ingrain the skill, coupled with the smell of the pencil or ink and the smell of the paper and the sounds they create as you creatively write.
Writing or drawing with pen or pencil and paper is a physical creation in reality vs the flat, pixelated virtual reality of online typing.
Get physically involved in learning.
Here’s Part II of three parts on the glove box build, and my apologies for not getting this done last week.