a symptom is never ever ever the problem
PICTURE WITH ME…. Your child comes running off the playground with the beginnings of a black eye and a bloody nose. You wipe their little face clean, kiss the eye, and let them run back eager to play.
A few minutes later, here they come running off the playground with the other eye bruised, and a bloody nose. You wipe their little face clean, kiss the other eye, ALL BETTER!
So again, they’re headed back out to the playground. That’s okay because you still have half a box of tissues in your bag, right?!
Now, as important as it is tending to any bleeding, do you really think the NOSE (the symptom) is the problem?!
Or should we take a look what happened BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE the bleeding. (it’s not really a question!)
What came before that, and before that, and before that?
In this scene, for example, what about the other child you saw swinging his arms? Or the fact that little “Joey” had put his shoes on the wrong foot that afternoon causing him to climb up the sliding board too slow, which then irritated the other children waiting in line? Did you notice his left shoestring had become a trip hazard? Not least of all, no one should have been using the aged slide that had a missing safety rail!, so that when the group of children started shoving, your little Joey lost his balance, tumbled off the left side of the slide, onto the ground below, where there rests an 18″ stone the children like to run and jump over!!
NOTE: Joey has bruises and a bloody nose because he fell on that stone.
M o v e the stone!
Focus on the root cause!
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