Dealing Effectively With Problems
Ernest Holmes taught us that our reality is a real as we need it to be. The question here is how real do we want our problems to be?
While we may try to avoid them, problems pop up. Ignoring them can be disastrous. Here’s the skinny on “problem,” according to the Oxford Dictionary:
A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome, or an inquiry starting from given conditions to investigate or demonstrate a fact, result, or law.
It’s not the end of the world. Having one doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. Lighten up, folks! We didn’t choose to float on pink clouds and giggle all day. We chose to live in the corporeal realm here on a planet with exquisite joys and annoying pains, some in our bodies and at times in the guise of mates, friend, and foes. There are now more than seven billion other spirits having a spiritual experience on earth. It’s gonna get messy at times!
Don’t be afraid of the word “problem.” It doesn’t mean half of what some people would like you to believe. Other words that can be used are difficulty, trouble, worry, or complication if you’re that terrified of a seven-letter word. It can also be a challenge, as well as an opportunity.
But, what do we say to the person who’s just been given a diagnosis of stage five cancer? How can we support someone who’s house was destroyed by Hurricane Florence, or the mother who’s child was just killed walking to school?
To tell someone in those kinds of situations that they have an “opportunity for growth” is just plain wrong.
And, it’s cruel.
So, what can we do? Love them. Support them. Refrain from sympathy and exercise empathy. Be there for them.
Above all, pray with them and on their behalf. Tragedies like the ones above do occur. We’re dealing daily with many troublesome reports we hear on the news. While prayer is one of the ways we can do this, there are numerous other ways as well.
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You may have a problem you’re dealing with right now. We all have situations in our lives that we’d rather not tackle. Often, we can identify exactly what we did to put us in a particular situation. And, sometimes those issues are brought about through means that seem totally out of our control.
Either way, there are fool-proof ways to handle them. Here are some of those:
- Acknowledge the problem, but not the need for it to continue.
- Approach the situation like a medical triage unit – figure out what must be done right away, what should be done and what could be done.
- Do what must be done.
- Delegate authority and/or responsibility for what someone else could do for you.
- Get professional or experienced help if you need it.
We don’t have to tough it out when stuff happens and it’s going to happen. How we deal with the problem will determine whether it gets resolved quickly and easily, or whether it gets morphed into a huge issue that could affect our health, wealth, and well-being.
As with everything else in life, the choice is ours. How will you choose to handle your next problem?
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