“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.”
Good morning, friends! Is it chilly where you are? As if 2020 wasn’t strange enough, now it’s cold in September! But I’m not complaining, no not one bit. Anyway, let’s get to it.
Recently, in some deep reading, I came across today’s quote. (For the record, deep reading is intentional, focused, and at least two levels beyond first touch. First touch is my first encounter with an idea, then I follow the trail to its source, then search the source to see where it came from. Then I have found a deep reading place…) So I found today’s quote in a deep source. And what a deep thought it is! It is a completely unique understanding of the problems we face in every area of our lives. And yes, I substitute “people” and “businesses” and “families” for “institutions”.
Another source, not on this trail but revealed once awareness arrived, approached the matter from a similar direction. Facing challenges in his work, this writer concluded, “If I can understand the problem I can understand the solution.” After a few iterations, the writer realized for his work, “I am the problem, and I am the solution.” What I see common in each approach is an understanding that our problems are not outside of us in any way but in important ways fully inside of us and controlled by us. Which more than suggests that if our problems perpetuate it is because we are perpetuating them, even though, ironically, we are the very solution to those problems.
If your head is swimming, ask yourselves a few questions:
* Am I perpetuating my health challenges or solving them?
* Am I perpetuating my relationship problems are solving them?
* Am I perpetuating my work issues or solving them?
* Am I perpetuating any problem of my life or am I solving it?
You may not want to admit that you are preserving your problems, but too often preserving them seems easier than solving them. And of course by preserving you have something to complain about… Alas, a satisfying life seems more possible on the solution side of the equation. Take stock of your problems and challenges and look deeply at any measures you can take to solve them in total or in part. You’ll feel much better about yourself. And have a wonderful week!