Standing a mug on a sheet of the sort of paper you put in your computer printer is easy. Lay the paper on the table, then place the mug on the paper. Simples.
What’s the result, however, when you’re told that only one edge of the paper may be in contact with the top of the table? Not quite so straightforward, is it?
Without a little forethought, sheets of paper don’t like standing vertically.
I’m sure you’re way too busy for me to leave you in suspense, so let’s cut to the chase and agree that among many possible solutions, rolling the paper into a 2 inch (5 cm) tube secured with a length of sticky tape, would result in a ‘column’ almost certainly sturdy enough to support the weight of a mug.
Please empty its contents before you try it though. Nasty things, dry cleaning bills.
This isn’t really about paper engineering, though. It’s more a suggestion that perhaps your life is like this sheet of paper.
You have surprising strengths. You can achieve things you may have imagined impossible.
But you (and I) will only do this with the right structure around you.
It may well be that you’re doing something day-in, day-out that could be oh-so different with a spot of rolling and sticking.
Have a think. Then, perhaps, give it a try.