Rubik’s Cubes: Let go of what you have to get what you want

Sitting on the subway, I watched with wonder as a girl was trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Such a simple invention, yet apparently something like 350 million cubes have been sold worldwide. As I watched her, I noticed that she had managed to solve one of the sides – all one side was yellow.

Yet she had a problem.

Although all that side was yellow, the other edges weren’t in the right place. She had different colours on the adjacent sides. And that meant one thing: The side that was “solved” wasn’t really solved.

And to solve her problem, she would need to rearrange the whole of that side so that the appearance of order would necessarily be replaced with disorder – temporarily if she got it right!

As tempting as it is to hold onto something that is almost good enough, sometimes you need to let go of what you have that isn’t quite right in order to get what you really want.