The Science Of Problem Solving

June 2, 2010 by  
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Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. – Mark Twain

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen.  Keep in the sunlight. – Benjamin Franklin

Flowers CarolinaIt is so easy for us to not only wallow in our present difficulties but also add all the perils we believe are looming next week and the week after and before we know we are either so stressed we can’t deal with anything or completely paralyzed under the weight of it all.

Anybody over the age of eighteen has already experienced many times over that 1 – Life changes on a dime,  2 – Often the scenarios we imagine never come to fruition,  3 – What we do in the present affects the future.  So stressing about what might happen becomes a waste of time and energy. We must live in the present moment.

Let’s now think about what Mark Twain said above:  we must drag our thoughts away from our problems.  Why?  Because just thinking does not resolve anything, it actually adds to the problems.

So what do we do?

We take one issue at a time.  And we only deal with the issues we feel we are prepared to solve.  Just worrying might make us erroneously feel we are doing something but we know that’s not true.  And most importantly we don’t let our troubles take away the joys we can have today.

I know what I’m talking about is difficult to achieve but it takes first wanting and then applying discipline.

We all have plenty of troubles and we can all be buried in them if we allow it.  So its up to us to recognize that some issues will take care of themselves without us getting upset, and some will require our solving in due time but if we are burned out we won’t have the energy to take care of them.

So we create a balance between problem solving and joy by carving time for ourselves and leaving the world outside.  It is in these moments that we reconnect with what is truly important to us.  We make decisions and we respectfully don’t allow other people’s stress become our own.  And as Benjamin Franklin suggested we keep in the sunlight.

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