Your capacity to live with an unresolved problem

I will fix this somehow by taking radical action

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Tippett once wrote that the reason problems seem overwhelming is because we’re using the wrong tools to understand them.

That’s the real problem. We were trained in society that tension exists to be resolved.

I will fix this somehow by taking radical action, we announce to ourselves.

And yet, it might be one of those situations in life that asks us to enter our way into the problem and just feel its pain. It’s a call to activate our power. Because there is no solution to be uncovered. There is no proof to be worked out. Only an opportunity to unlearn our puritanical, capitalistic, midwestern attitude that we can bare down and fix everything.

Instead, we simply sit with ourselves and say, look, we don’t know how to solve this. Nobody knows. And anyone who gives us a clean answer shouldn’t be trusted. Let’s just keep swimming through the cavern of mysteries together and trust whatever unfolds. Even though nothing in us wants to find any sort of compassion. Let’s try having zero agenda other than being there for ourselves.

I suppose it’s my extended version of the old serenity prayer:

I accept the reality that life is full of problems that I wasn’t prepared for, that they’ll never stop, and that I am as large as I need to be to face them.

I trust that this is offered to me as a gift and I rejoice in its appearance. I remember that my problems aren’t something I need to fight again, run from, or surrender to, but treat as allies as I move through life.

Remember, most problems are merely distractions from taking the next step. But once we develop a healthy and mature relationship with the mind, the path will be clear.

We overcome something by first surrendering to it, and then outliving it.

Are you learning the extent of your capacity to live with an unresolved problem?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher.

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