Then it was this about not giving up

… very important. Kids must be taught this at home, as well as in school. In fact, kids should be taught this from kindergarten and up, daily, weekly and monthly. 

Perseverance and/or persistence can be seen as a quality, or an ability. If you don’t have perseverance to the extent you’d like, well … it can developed. Even the most impatient of souls can be taught, or teach themselves not to give up, and not to quit. All it takes is some degree of self-discipline…. alright, maybe a little bit more than some degree.

That too, i.e. self-discipline, can be developed… but anyways…

Quitting something, especially if something unresolved, isn’t good. It might leave holes in your life’s road, on your path. Life moves in cycles, ever so often we hit a certain point of our life’s DNA spiral, that connects to something that took place.. long before.

If that point coincides with something unresolved, perhaps high time to give it attention. It could be a piece that belongs to a greater puzzle. Renewed insight and resolve might trigger development of a new methodology, a new thought process that later might come to your aid.

I am sure this is almost like preaching to the converted, illuminating the illuminated, yet again: sometimes when working to find a solution, or solutions to a problem, we hit a wall, we hit THE wall.

When that happens, a temporary retreat might be a good thing, in fact, it might be the only sensible thing to do. Heck, it even might be the most resource friendly use of time, money or effort. Whether it’s your time, money or effort, or someone else’s.

Just make sure it’s a retreat only, one that compels you to return for a solution later. And you might end up with a solution.

What brought me (back) to this topic

Actually a simple thing, a nothing, a detail. Minor to everyone but me. About a year ago I decided to re-design my personal homepage. And get rid of some old useless stuff. I work with various types of CMS technologies but wasn’t sure what to use.

I decided on WordPress which I hadn’t used in ages. Or not since it was almost new. At that time WP was suitable for a simple blog project but not much more. Today it has evolved into a complete, extensive concept, in fact today’s WordPress is a platform can be used for almost any web oriented purpose.

Anyhow, after some hours worth of research and planning I had pieced the basics together. And found a simple, free design theme, that could be developed further. A few more hours, a few days and it was up and running.

Everything looked good and worked well, except for one little detail. When viewed on a tablet the menu icons weren’t correctly aligned. The problem only occurred when the page was viewed in a certain format. More web savvy folks will know that responsive design, i.e. a design that dynamically adjusts to whatever device is used, opens up a whole lot of customization options.

With subsequent issues and challenges, too many variables and quickly become a problem.

Sometimes this design freedom can obscure details. And free stuff usually comes with limitations. Those who initially wrote the basics have compiled the design code, in order to save time, generalized specifications. This is quite normal, and often all one needs to do for a quick customization is to take a look at those generalizations, group styles or configurations.

Anyhow, today, this morning, months after launch I decided to have another go at the minor flaw in my code. A new and fresh look at the stylesheet (for those who don’t know a CSS file, also called a stylesheet, controls the look & feel of your web page.

eureka

Within 2 minute code-scan I nailed it!

In all its insignificance this little task, and experience, brought back a good reminder…. one I need to keep reminding myself, hence this blog post.

It was this about not giving up on stuff. Cheers 🙂

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