Problems! We all have them. They vary by size, duration, intensity, and focus. You walk out to your car. It’s tilting a little funny and you notice that one of the rear tires is flat. You think, “Oh, great! I don’t need this today.” Your mind automatically goes to how much it is going to cost to replace the tire. Not only that, you will probably have to replace the other rear tire and maybe you should just do all four. Where will you get the money since you just had to replace your refrigerator? The problem of a deflated tire has now ballooned into financial crisis. You bend down for a closer look at the tire. Someone pulled a prank by letting the air out. All you have to do is pump it up and you are on your way again. You feel a little miffed, a little embarrassed,
We are creators by nature. Many religions promote the idea that humans are more than just a creation; they are actual offspring of the Creator. As a child of the Supreme Creator, what would that make you? A creator. It’s not that you can become a creator someday, you already are a creator. Just like a puppy is already a dog and a two year old child is already a person. Our creation trait begins when we are created, and persists throughout our lives. It isn’t a virtue, it is simply a trait. It’s a constant. We are constantly creating something. The question is, what are we creating? A masterpiece? A mess? Both? We create whatever our discontent drives or inspires us to create. The fact is, we enjoy encountering problems (discontent) and if there are no obvious problems we generate a few (intentional discontent) so we can enjoy creating a solution (intentional creation). That’s
The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
What is the biggest barrier to success, happiness, great relationships? Anxiety and fear. Try this experiment: – Take in a deep, slow, intentional breath through your nose. – Hold that breath for a moment, allowing yourself to feel the stretch. – Release slowly, through the mouth. – Repeat two or three more times. Notice what happens? This is like a physiological switch on the brain that calms the fight or flight response. This in turn restores blood flow to parts of the brain that are used in thinking, problem solving, rational thought. In My Anxiety Answer, the first step is to calm the brain’s fight or flight response through breathing. The second is to steer the mind in a more productive direction. That first step, breathing, seems so simple. A client of mine said recently, “I don’t see how that solves anything.” Calming our brain’s natural fight or flight response doesn’t