Stagehand’s axiom

From one of my favorite books (for its simple and delightful illustrations, wit, and metaphorical applicability), Moving Heavy Things: “Never lift what you can drag, never drag what you can roll, never roll what you can leave.”

I like to think about this any time I’m trying to do anything that doesn’t seem to be working.  Am I forcing an outcome that doesn’t want to be forced?  Is there a less effortful way to do it?  Does it need doing at all?

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