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Solution Problems

Have you ever solved a problem only to discover that you've created a whole new set of problems?

It's not unusual. Sometimes in the rush to come with a solution we miss the side-effects. We miss the repercussions. We miss backlash and impact to people we may not have considered.

Many solutions bring new problems so let the new situation unfold and propel you forward.

Maybe your next solution will be better. Maybe you'll learn what you need to learn to pull things together. Maybe the centered solution has alluded you -- it's still out there for you to find.

-- Douglas Brent Smith


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