Knowing the Problem

In order to find a solution we must first understand the problem. Yesterday my wife and I decided to start shopping for a new living room set. We’ve always loved our current sofa, chairs and ottoman. The dimensions are perfect and the leather finish is attractive and durable. The problem was the seat foam. Over the years it had compacted in our favorite relaxation spots. There seemed to be no way to replace the foam. Since we were about to toss them anyway I decided to make a slight incision in the mesh covering beneath each unit.

As I explored the underside I discovered the foam was supported by a series of straps. To compensate for the compacted foam I inserted some spare bed pillows in between the straps and existing foam. A perfect fix that cost me nothing but some spare time. Now my living room furniture is as good as new.

Life also has its simple little fixes. Sometimes it’s a decision to simply move through fear and try something new. Other times we must recognize the problem, understand it and compensate accordingly. The solution to our biggest problem could be a single decision away.