Every problem feels like a big problem until an even bigger problem arrives

Suppose you woke up one morning and discovered someone broke into your house and stole a few things. It might seem like a big deal, especially if you’ve lost a lot of valuables, but in reality, it’s not.

Suppose you were driving somewhere later that day got into a car accident that left you with a wrecked car and a broken leg. How do you feel about this morning’s burglary now?

And suppose when the doctor was treating your broken leg, they somehow discovered you have terminal cancer with only a few months left to live, a bit far-fetched but suppose that actually happened. How do you feel about your broken leg now?

Hopefully, no one is so unlucky as to experience such a series of unfortunate events, but it can happen. And that leads to the point I’m making, all your problems can feel like big problems until an even bigger problem arrives.

This year has been filled with problems after problems, each of it so seemingly major that we can’t imagine something worse, until something worse actually happened, and the cycle repeats.

Perhaps the lesson here is to be grateful that our problems aren’t worse that they actually are and that some people have dealt with such problems before and survived while others have it much worse.

Don’t just look for problems

It’s very tempting, isn’t it? The world is full of problems, everywhere you look, you can find fault of one kind or another. It’s so easy to go look for problems, but what do you do afterward? Complain? What else? Nothing?

It’s not enough to just go look for problems, solve them. Yes, solve them. Is it a pain to do so? It’s not your job? Too hard to solve? Don’t have the time? Not worth the effort? Then why bother pointing out the problems? So that someone else will take the initiative and solve it for you? Really?

I’ve been thinking about this recently, why don’t we solve the problems we find? There’s a lot of legitimate excuses and illegitimate reasons why we ignore the problems. But doing so achieves nothing, yet it seems to be our default response.

The problem is, people complain a lot about various problems, yet they don’t do anything to solve them. And yes, I’m complaining about the problem that ‘people hardly solve any problems’ without trying to solve the problem of ‘people not solving problems’ myself. Wow, that’s a mouthful.

I don’t know how to get people to start solving problems and perhaps the best way to do that is to try and solve the problem myself. So the next time I discover any problems, I will attempt to solve it instead of simply ignoring it.

And if I don’t have the power to solve it, I will at least come up with twenty ideas on how to solve it so that people with the power to solve it can simply solve it without having to wonder how. So tomorrow’s post will be on twenty ways to get people to be more proactive at solving problems, or something like that.