Sunday, April 23, 2006

Will today's problems ever go away?

"You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity."
- Walt Schmidt

The allusion to the sport of boxing is clear, to win you must overcome the adversities you face.

Most of us would like to have fewer problems in life. Why should we have to face so many?

Why can't people just do what they should do, what they promise to do, what we pay them to do? Why do machines have to break down so often? Why do so many situations have to become awkward?

The answer is: that's life.

Just as there would be no such thing as business if people didn't have problems they couldn't sort out themselves, we can't have a life unless we face and overcome problems. That's what life is. Without problems there would be no life.

We know we must accept that fact that change is inevitable. We also must accept the fact that problems are inevitable. Without problems, animal life on this planet would never have progressed past the bacteria stage.

Once we accept that problems and life are one and the same, our own problems of the day seem less critical.

So long as we will wake up tomorrow morning, today's problems can't be as bad as we might make them out to be.

Life will go on. Our lives will go on. Eventually, all our present problems will be nothing more than memories.

Whether we fuss needlessly over our problems or proceed to find solutions to them in an orderly fashion, they will eventually become parts of our history.

Unless, of course, we force them to remain with us. Some problems of today could have become history if we had acted differently in the past. Look at the condition of your own country, your community or your family, for example.

If hindsight can be 20/20, as the saying goes, then we can use foresight to consider possible solutions to our problems today. It's the same thing, only putting it to use sooner.

Just get on with it. Then the problems of today will be in the past. Eventually.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help you make today's problems part of your personal history.
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