Life dictates we will experience problems. To complicate matters the space between problem and solution can feel excruciatingly vast.
For my part, I’ve dealt with countless problems in a frantic way. One time, I called the “computer people” around 10 pm in a raving panic because I was convinced all my files had vanished from my computer! That poor man. Luckily, a solution was found. But my temper tantrum didn’t help uncover it.
This past summer, I took a road trip to San Diego. It was excellent, until one day it wasn’t. I was driving around town and a noise that I can only describe as a cross between violent, ear-piercing static and intense shrieking began coming from my speakers. To add insult to injury, when I turned off the radio, the hellacious noises continued!
I decided, right then and there, to try to stay calm and honor the space between this problem and the solution I desperately wanted to find. With this approach, I discovered more about the problem itself, including the fortunate fact that this demonic possession was intermittent. Yet, every time it reared its ugly head and couldn’t be smothered by my actions, it took every ounce of me not to throw a fit. I repeated the mantra, “A solution will be found” again and again
Now, I’ve been back home for a few weeks. My shrieking radio and I have yet to come to an agreement on an acceptable solution. I’m pleased to report, however, that I’ve remained peaceful and productive despite this lack of resolution.
Yes, barring the world suddenly becoming miraculously perfect, the existence of problems will remain a constant.
My friends, I urge you to take deep breaths and discover ways to stay calm and productive, in the often challenging space, between problem and solution.