Monday, March 26, 2012

When Problems Are Good

Beyond positive psychology there’s eternal truth within the fact that problems are good. Problems generate stimulus for change; to provoke responses against paralysis. If it weren’t for problems we would barely live. Problems only become problematic when they exhaust our resources to cope. And overcoming our troubles builds those resources.

Problems reveal, very much, issues of our state- and position-of-mind. How we tackle our problems, and whether we do or not, depends again on those resources we have for resiliency. The resilient person doesn’t quite know how to give up. They recognise their problems, but they feel compelled to improvise, adapt and overcome them.

Troubles become impetus for their meaning for life. Their lives are made richer because of them. Everyone can develop in this resiliency.

When Problems Become The Source Of Opportunities

Depending on our personalities we may or may not see the veracity of this argument. But it pays handsomely to respect the logic that overcomes in life; if we didn’t, it might leave us defeated for an effective response, because we all have problems; they’re daily occurrences.

Converting situations we deem as problematic into opportunities to be overcome isn’t just the belief in and employment of pop psychology.

Actually identifying our problems, and creating opportunities to overcome them, those that wouldn’t otherwise present, is a lot more complex than the naysayers understand. Those not buying into the ‘rubbish’ of resiliency live stoically foolish lives, when they could just as easily employ such efforts for faith in tackling the truth—problems are there to be overcome.

The reason some relish problems as opportunities is they have faith in a simple fact. They believe in the goodness of life. They view life in simple, non-insidious terms, where smoke and mirrors are irrelevant and metaphors for life are productive. They insist on keeping their perspective. And they refuse to believe everything their imaginations can create. They learn to test everything.

Taking Life On

Notwithstanding the myriad nature of problems, their source, magnitude, and complexity, there’s very little sense in not taking life on. Even when life appears impossible, a miniature mustard seed of faith is all that’s required to test the overcoming way and find its truth appealing.

And though there’s the risk of courage required to engage the current nemesis, any lack of courage is taken as an instant admission of defeat. In a life where courage becomes simply a tool we choose to use or not, acknowledging that risk is present whether we use courage and not, and there’s little reason or logic not to be courageous, we may stand convinced. And better for us if we do.


Problems define all our lives—from beginning to end and all between. Overcoming our problems requires little more effort than pretending they’re not there. When procrastination makes way for a plan, and resources and time are committed, we can overcome any problem.

When we understand the purpose of life—that we’re destined to grow—we see that problems are the fertiliser fortifying our growth.

© 2012 S. J. Wickham.

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