Are you wealthy? Perhaps you do not have a lot of money in the bank, but surely you are wealthy in something, how about problems? Do you have a wealth of problems? Can you imagine if you had a dollar for each and every problem you’ve encountered and have overcome and/or helped a loved one cope through? If this were a real scenario your bank account would probable gain value most every day.
Tony Robins once said, “Every problem is a gift - without problems we would not grow.” Perhaps if we assessed a problem for the silver lining wrapping it gifts instead of the challenge that accompanies it, we could count our riches in intrinsic value.
Google defines a problem as, “A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.”
Do you know how to really overcome a problem? By first recognizing that you are not your problems, separate you from the events or circumstances that you are facing. Next, own your energy. Do not give it away through fear. Instead, if you are unsure of the unknown, charter these waters with a perspective of curiosity and balance this new found interest with education. You will be surprised how this change in stance will manifest a surrendering spirit instead of harboring and fueling fearful, negative energy, which would only exaggerate the issue.
Stay in the present day. Are you worrying about what is yet to come? Max Lucado’s quote from GoodReads.com offers great advice. He said, “The key is this: Meet today's problems with today's strength. Don't start tackling tomorrow's problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow's strength yet. You simply have enough for today.”
Life is full of problems and because of this, we gain valuable insight. With this understanding, we are better able to separate what we can control from that which is uncontrollable. And, all we have to do is pass the sorted pile of “uncontrollable stuff” to God. As long as we are genuine in this process, he will take care of the rest.
I’ll close with another GoodReads.com quote, this one is by Steve Maraboli. “The universe is so well balanced that the mere fact that you have a problem also serves as a sign that there is a solution.”