In the middle of the night Holmes wakes up and gives Dr. Watson a nudge. “Watson” he says, “look up in the sky and tell me what you see.”

“I see millions of stars, Holmes,” says Watson.
“And what do you conclude from that, Watson?”
Watson thinks for a moment. “Well,” he says, “astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meterologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I see that God is all-powerful, and we are small and insignificant. Uh, what does it tell you, Holmes?”
“Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!”

(excerpted from Thomas Cathcart’s and Daniel Klein‘s book, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
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elementary my dearHolmes and Watson are on a camping trip.

 

Not so elementary my dear!

Perhaps, you’ve been struggling with a problem for a while and don’t know how to resolve it. Could it be that the solution is right there before you and you’re not really seeing it?

May I suggest some simple steps you could take:

– Specify the problem
– Name the concerns
– Say what need to be done first: I need to ……
– Decide when you will take that first step
– Take the first step
– And that first step will lead you to the next step and

Hey, you’re on your way towards resolving your problem.

Elementary, my dear.

Would love to hear what first steps you have decided to take.