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Consciousness of our powers augments them.
-- Vauvenargues


Monday, March 25, 2024

Away from the problem

Maybe the best way to solve the problem is not to directly solve the problem. Perhaps the best way forward is to render the problem irrelevant.

The problem matters, and yet so does the overall picture. Don’t focus so intently on the problem that you ignore the wider context with all the positive possibilities it contains.

The most effective path away from the problem is likely to have nothing to do with the problem itself. But if your thinking is confined only to the problem, you won’t be able to imagine that solution.

Acknowledge what’s wrong, and then stop focusing on it. Give the power of your attention to all the things in your life that are right, and let them give power to you.

Keep in mind that your world is filled with abundant resources, and you can utilize them in an endless number of creative ways. Visualize yourself not as fixing what’s wrong but as creating something new and valuable.

Instead of being a victim of one thing or another, instead of getting mired in the problem, become inspired by the possibilities. Take a healthy dose of determination from the problem, then leave it far behind.

— Ralph Marston

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