Fewer Lines

One morning when I was learning to program, I was given a problem and told to write an algorithm to solve it. I dutifully cobbled together a tangle of code and was approaching a workable solution. 

Then, one of the instructors looked at my monitor, highlighted every line, pressed delete, and walked away.  

At first, I felt panicked.  (That had taken me so long to do!) 

And then, I felt relieved. I was free to consider the problem in a fresh way, and solved it in a few crisp lines.

It is often difficult to embrace an invitation to step back from “the way I (or we) do things.”  But when I do, I am often rewarded with the freedom that comes from simplicity.