Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than
in trying to solve them.
1863-1947, American Industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company
We are all faced with a series of brilliant opportunities disguised as unsolvable problems.
John W. Gardner
The way we approach life or view our circumstances is in large part
determined by how we define and interpret our experiences.
This interpretation takes place in a subtle way, often without our
being aware of the process.
A primary factor in determining the way we perceive life’s events
is the label we place on the event in our mind.
For instance; if we are confronted with a situation that stretches
our faith, or appears unsolvable we have a choice in how we approach
or define it for ourselves.
It can either be an unbearable struggle, a burden that we don’t want
to face, or it can be an opportunity for growth.
It can be a bothersome chore, or it can be a joy that we accept gladly.
By simply changing the word we use to describe to ourselves the event
we are confronting then the attitude we take towards it changes as well.
By changing struggle to challenge, problem to opportunity, etc.
then what seemed to be a tribulation or misfortune becomes a doorway
leading to promise and maturity.
By determining the way we choose to define life’s circumstances we
also determine our overall state of mind and being . Self pity will vanish.
Sorrow, guilt, shame, bitterness, resentment, anger, anguish, despair,
remorse, will melt away and be replaced with gratitude, joy, understanding
The ability to live in “NOWNESS’ rather than in fear of tomorrow
or shame of the past becomes a reality. This simple principle will lift you
out of the quagmire of defeat and stagnation to continued success.