Wisdom Wednesday: There are no problems, only situations

I liberated this screenshot from a facebook group on the psychology of Stoicism and Buddhism. It’s been lingering in drafts for a few weeks because I recognized wisdom in the quote, even though it’s easy to dismiss it out of hand. Marian’s post yesterday brought it to mind again. The take-home lesson for me is that it’s easy to fixate on problems and make them mythical challenges so great that we don’t even try to tackle them, preferring instead to talk about how imposing they are, or why we can’t do this or that…instead of looking for what we can do. This kind of thinking comes a lot in disaster readiness or active self-protection: we must train ourselves to look for what we can do.

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2 Responses to Wisdom Wednesday: There are no problems, only situations

  1. Marian says:

    “problems…give you an identity of sorts.” – That’s really interesting. I think there’s something to that…

  2. Mudpuddle says:

    a Zenner would ask you why you think you needed an identity… and then swat you with a flat board…

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