I’ve noticed for a few weeks now that the paper in my printer wants to argue with the printer on its way out as they’re supposed to be working together on printing jobs. A few times the discourse was so bad that the paper got jammed and all production stopped. Since then I’ve run through a couple of new ink cartridges in record time and there still is ink on the corners of the paper where it should not be. The last straw for me today was the words getting cut off the page. Well this is just unacceptable and defeats the purpose of printing anything in the first place. So I studied the page to determine how to approach the printer concerning this problem. Something inside the printer had shifted with continuous use of this wonderful tool and I needed to find out what and where it was, and if it was something I could fix, or not.
I decided to deal with the most simplest of plastic parts on the machine, first – the paper guide. I figured since the paper was arguing with the printer about its position, then maybe the paper guide was the key to getting him (paper – “le papier” is male in French) back on track. But I noticed that even though I made the adjustment and the arguing stopped that two problems still remained – the ink on the corner and the date getting cut off the upper right hand corner. So I decided to move the paper guide again to hopefully rectify all three problems. And guess what? I saw improvement.
Another issue was the plastic piece which supports the paper in an upright position, so as it is pulled/drawn down towards ink and rollers, the paper remains straight and not bent over. Sometimes, no most of the time it’s the simple things in life that we either take for granted, or choose to ignore which make all the difference in the world to our current success or failure, problems and solutions. There’s a verse in the scriptures which says “it is the small foxes that spoil the vine”, and another one says “don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” We can learn so much from small things – “go to the ant” one Proverb says, and learn from its faithfulness and hard working nature.
Many times we say “don’t sweat the small stuff,” and don’t make mountains out of mole hills, and both adages have their purpose and place in and for our lives for a more tranquil experience. But there does come a time when we need to investigate the small things and when ignoring a mole or lump on one’s body, for example, can indeed become a mountain that cannot be ignored. For mountains don’t need our help to exist, they can appear all by themselves. So let’s not ignore the paper guides of our lives, because everything is not always going to be black and white. J Have a Happy New Year!!