June 3      

Today's quotation:

It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning.  Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure.  Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom.  It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.  It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.

M. Scott Peck

Today's Meditation:

I've always thought that if it weren't for problems, most of us wouldn't have jobs.  I find problems to be invigorating because they force me to think in ways that I normally don't think, and to come up with solutions that I otherwise wouldn't have explored.  They ask me to do something different, to act differently, to try new things.

Of course, I'm not talking about the unjustified and annoying and damaging problems that other people often cause us, nor am I talking about serious emotional or relationship problems.  While those can also prove to be eventually beneficial to us in the ways that we choose to address them, they're often very destructive and can cause a lot of long-term damage, and they can hardly be called "invigorating."  Perhaps they're too deep for the simple word "problem," and they belong in another category.

For the most part, though-- especially in this day and age-- the majority of the problems that we face are rather benign.  They tend to be things that we won't even remember six months from now, yet we very often amplify them in our minds so that they seem to be of earth-shattering importance right now.  It would be helpful if we were to take a step back and consider our problems from a fresh perspective, see them from a bit of a distance, and then figure out how we're going to address them in ways that will help us to grow and learn as well as spread love, peace, and compassion.

If we can do this, our problems are much less likely to become overwhelming and unmanageable.  Problems are a part of life, and we can accept them and deal with them effectively or allow them to make us miserable.  When we can develop a healthy relationship with our problems, we can give much more time and effort to the rest of our lives and contribute to the happiness that definitely can be ours.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people react so negatively to the problems that face them?

How might we develop new relationships with our problems?  What might it mean to do so?

How might having problems be viewed as a positive thing?

For further thought:

The problem is not that there are problems.  The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.

Theodore Rubin

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