Friday, September 16, 2016

Those Problems Touch Us All

We all know people we would not want to trade places with. Their problems are too deep, too profound, too persistent. And, we can not wear a red cape all the time rescuing everything and everyone.

Or can we?

One test of whether or not we should wear that red cape is if we are part of the problem. And we might just be part of the problem if we are not willing to trade places with someone who is enduring that problem.

Name the problem. Go ahead. Pick something of a global nature: water or food shortages, conflict over territory or religion, tribal wars, climate change, banking inequities...the list is long.

People endure the effects of all of those problems. I would not want to trade places with those people. Would you?

Centered problem solvers consider how they can help solve problems even when those problems do not involve them. Because, eventually, those problems touch us all.

-- Doug Smith

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Centered Problem Solvers Deal With Their Part of the Problem

Centered problem solvers realize that some part of the problems they encounter focus on themselves. There's something generating from within to stop or start that problem.

Find the center that calms. Find the center that holds. Find the center that lets go.

Because that problem won't let you go until you deal with it.

Why not deal with it now?

-- Doug Smith

Monday, September 12, 2016

Let Go When That Important Thing...

Let go when?  Let go when that important thing is no longer important. It had your attention. It had your passion. It had your interest. But it's time is past.

That way you used to handle a process...outdated. That person who once listened to you...gone. That project that promised a miracle finish only to flounder in an obsolete mess. Let it all go.

Just because something was once important doesn't mean that it is any longer.

Let it go.

Centered problems solvers understand when it is time to let go...and then do.

-- Doug Smith