Don’t you hate that? That’s my current state. No internet access from my home network.
So that’s a predicament. The problem is how to stay connected.
“Focus on identifying and solving the problems, not the predicaments, for problems can be mastered.”
Too often in life, we lose sight of what we are dealing with- a predicament or a problem.
A predicament is something over which you have no control and for which you can have no affect on changing. Internet down. Rainstorms. A spouse that is an early riser when you are not.
We lose sleep over predicaments. We worry and grow irritated over predicaments. We can’t fix a predicament.
But with each predicament comes associated problems. That we can fix! The problem I’m dealing with right now, over the internet down predicament, is how to stay connected. Many answers exist: library access, Blackberry, phone calls. Focusing on solving the problems surrounding the predicament, gives us more to work with, and in working with, maintains our sense of strength, empowerment and control. Calming us down considerably and giving us positive feedback on our competency and confidence.
I had dinner last night with a recently widowed friend who shared remarkable stories about her late husband, a man of conviction and gentle encouragement. He had a ‘can do’ attitude and would not allow anyone he knew to have the ability to succeed, to slack. Her memories included his often used phrase “yes, you can”. And he meant it.
And so I am blogging from my Blackberry. Its certainly not pretty nor easy- fat fingers and poor editing abilities will make the visual of this blog interesting. But I’m doing it and overcoming the problem that the predicament brought on.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein