Look for new ways to respond to old problems

Anytime we embark on another relentless quest to fix ourselves, we enter into a totally antagonistic relationship with ourselves. 

And that mindset rarely helps us solve anything. How limiting to let that attitude define us. 

It reminds of a memorable passage from alcoholism recovery devotional

When we fight a problem, we tend to think about it all the time. We build it up in our minds so that it occupies most of our attention and hits back at us. 

It’s not the problem, it’s the state of mind we bring to the problem. If we cannot stop it, our best bet is to change our relationship to it. 

For example, if we show up for ourselves with true compassion, we face reality and transform our relationship to it. If we stop focusing exclusively on fixing our situation, we can start giving ourselves care and comfort. If we announce to ourselves that we will not wrestle with every problem today. 

Want to overcome an old problem? Look for new ways to respond to it. 

First surrender to it, and then maybe one day, you can outlive it. Until then, you just have to believe that you aren’t going to wake up tomorrow morning and it’s all going to be fixed. A


Are you trying to slay the dragon, or trying to love it and reduce its size? 

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Scott Ginsberg

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Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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