Last week a bizarre soundboard snag stumped me.
The recording session was well underway when the sound suddenly dropped -20db.
I checked the usual culprits on the soundboard and all the components in the signal chain; output levels, power supplies, switches, cords, and connections.
Nothing was wrong!
After 20 minutes of scratching my head, I stepped back from problem solving and leaned over the soundboard to talk to the musician in the studio. I reached for my talkback button and noticed a small button just above it, recessed into the board.
During my last talkback, I must have inadvertently pushed the recessed button, disrupting the level of my signal flow.
There was a sigh of familiarity in this discovery, a reminder of the many times I've been stumped only to be surprised by the discovery of something I've completely overlooked.
We work within the confines of our perceptions.
Stuck in the predictable signal paths of our lives until something happens outside our purview to resolve our perceived stumpage.
As Coco Chanel said, we "…beat against the wall trying to make a door", until something arguably magical happens.
We give up. We fail.
Failing is opening a window to thinking and perceiving differently – which often means learning to let go of our preconceived ideas and beliefs.
Or in my case, just letting go.
Only then did I find the freedom to move forward and discover the unexpected.
Determining when to linger or when to step aside is tricky though. To see beyond our current signal flow, we need to lean into what we don't see.
It's the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Reminding us there is always more to consider than what we perceive.