December 9      

Today's quotation:

If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do.

George Bernard Shaw

Today's Meditation:

I've always been of the opinion that if it weren't for problems, few of us would have jobs.  Much of our work consists of dealing with problems, after all, and those problems are what keep most of us gainfully employed.  George seems to agree with me, and he points out that if we're going to have anything to do, then there had better be something wrong!

But what does this mean to us?  Why is this relevant?  Quite simply, if we can adopt and keep this perspective, then we'll stop complaining about problems when they come to us.  And since complaining is wasted energy, we'll have much more energy left to do other, more productive things.

When difficulties arise, we often spend a lot of time complaining about them, denying them, avoiding them, dreading them.  But problems are what life is all about-- our problems are our best teachers, for they keep us thinking and they keep us using our creativity to try to solve them.  A life without problems would be a dull life after all, as we'd fall into ruts of complacency rather than keeping our lives dynamic as dealing with troubles can do for us.

In the film The Matrix, they explain that human beings who were being used as batteries (we produce a lot of energy, after all) produced almost no energy at all when they were given memories and thoughts of utopian societies, yet those same people produced much more energy when their minds were given many problems and setbacks in their lives.

So the next time something wrong happens, rejoice!  This is the very thing that keeps you dynamic, growing, and full of energy.  When something is wrong, we're learning and growing, and who could ask for more than that?

Questions to consider:

How do you view problems in your life?

Why and how do we learn that problems should be avoided?

Do you learn more from dealing with problems or from doing the same things, problem-free, all the time?

For further thought:

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin-- real life.  But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

Alfred D'Souza

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