Throughout Peru, you’ll see offerings of Pisco Sours, sometimes free with the purchase of a meal.
Pisco is a light-coloured brandy made from distilling grapes into a high-proof spirit. A pisco sour is made with the addition of Key lime juice, a sweetener, egg white, and sometimes Angostura bitters and ice cubes.
Our guide’s history lesson on the origin of pisco was that after the Spanish invaded Peru, they wanted the Peruvian people to drink Spanish wine and outlawed the making of wine in Peru. So, undaunted, the people created a spirit from the grapes and claimed it as their national drink. A very successful solution. By 1764, 90% of grapes in the Ica and Pisco area were made into pisco.
When looking for a solution for a problem, where do you start? Below is a method that might help solve more problems than you realize.
A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
This method is often called ‘The Seven Whys’ or ‘Upstream’.
Step 1: Define the problem
Step 2: Ask yourself why that problem occurs
Step 3: Get a clear single idea why it occurs
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 at least six more times, or until a solution is found.
For example: I don’t do anything in the evenings, other than watch TV. I want to but don’t actually do anything about it.
Why #1: Why don’t you do fun things in the evening anymore?
Response: After cleaning up the kitchen after supper, I’m tired.
Why #2: Why are you so tired after cleaning up the kitchen after supper.
Response: By the time I get supper on the table, it’s 6:30 at the earliest. By the time we eat, and I clean, it’s usually 7:30 – too late to go out.
Why #3: Why is 6:30 the earliest you can have supper ready?
Response: I’m always late getting to work, so I need to stay late. To make it worse, I’m in a foul mood that I’m the last one out of the office.
Why #4: Why are you late for work in the morning?
Response: No matter what I do, we are always rushing around in the morning. Everyone is up with enough time, but we are always late.
Why #5: Why is there not enough time every morning?
Response: We are all rushing around trying to get last minute things done that need to be completed before leaving.
Why #6: Why are there things that still need to be done in the morning?
Response: We sort of veg out after supper and don’t prepare for the next day.
Why #7: Why do you choose to veg out rather than prepare for the next morning?
Response: The next morning seems so far away, so I ignore it.
Note that awareness is gained, and changes can be implemented at each why. But also notice as you move farther up the why chain, there are probably more benefits from the one action change.
In this example, by a short prep period (10-15 minutes) in the evening would have a huge impact. The morning would go smoother, everyone would feel less stressed getting to where they were going, evening meals might not be as rushed, and, going back to the reason for the questioning, there would be time in the evening to do an activity.
Note, that at each step, there is usually more than one answer that can be given, which would give you a completely different set of solutions.
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P.S. Way, way back when I was in university, a sociologist professor gave an example of Upstream Downstream.
There was a town that had a river flowing through it. It was a happy town, and everyone loved their river. Then one day, someone came down the river, struggling. They were drowning! Luckily, people were close by and pulled the person out of the river. An emergency vehicle took the almost-drowned victim to the hospital, and there, there was a full recovery.
The next day, it happened again, but this time, two people almost drowned.
Everyday the number of people needing help increased. The once-happy town was struggling. Look-out people were positioned. Emergency after emergency occurred. The people did not feel as happy anymore.
A town meeting was held.
The people shouted.
Hire more look-outs!
Train everyone in rescue procedures!
Buy more emergency vehicles!
Upgrade the hospital!
Buy the hospital more specialized equipment!
Hire more doctors!
Then, the old wise one said, from the back of the room:
We could do all that. Or we could go upstream and see why people are in the river in the first place.
Do you have a list of questions or framework to help you solve problems? Share them with me. They might resonate better with some than the '7 whys' or 'Upstream'.
Websites used in this article:
https://thepiscopeople.com.au/history-of-pisco/ Quite different from the history we were told