Problem as Opportunity

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“A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life.”  ~Celia Luce

It really is a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Consider a problem you’ve been having that seems huge. Here are a couple of ways to get a different perspective: 1) Pretend it’s not your problem, but someone else’s–perhaps someone you don’t know well so that you don’t get mired in emotionality. What would you advise this person to do in that situation? Or 2) Look at what else is possible. Ask yourself: What is the gift in this situation? How is this problem an opportunity?

Ultimately, how you experience the events, people and circumstances of your life is a matter of choice.

Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 3/2011

2 comments to Problem as Opportunity

  • I LOVE THIS!! I love to hear your voice along with reading the daily quotation and question!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  • Kirby Moulton

    Denise, I am going through somewhat of a hard problem, for some time now and I have been trying to figure out what to do that would have the lesser of effect on those that work for me after I make up my mind on the direction I will take my company. It is like I have tunnel vision. This was always about not only the persons that work for me but their families, all dependent of “me succeeding”. Not really considering myself in my thoughts until I seen this “Problem as an Opportunity” I added the “an”. I did look at this as a third person and it was easy to come up with alternative ideas on what was difficult with my prior mindset. I know I have many decisions to make before I resolve our issues, and some may even be mistakes but I do thank you for this great advice. I also may have had the pebble too close to my eye. Thank you, Kirby

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