Are you looking for solutions or an escape?

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I know that last week I said that I would keep on and not quit.   But if you only knew what happened this week, you would understand…  You see, just when things were looking  so promising…  Fill in the blanks.  We’ve all been there.  In fact, it should be no surprise because as Scott Peck said in The Road Less Traveled, “Life is difficult.”

The question is, I get to choose my attitude when I run into situations that do not please me.  How does that serenity prayer go?  Lord, help me to know what things I can change so that I can change them, which things I cannot change so that I can accept them, and help me to know the difference between the two.  I’m not talking about settling for what I can change.  I’m talking about discerning what  are roadblocks that I must go around and what are challenges that will make me a better person by taking them on.

What I think happens is that there is an internal struggle going on.  Part of me wants to keep on keeping on and part of me wants to lay down and quit.

Now, let me ask you a question.  Was what happened this week a roadblock that you need to go  around?  Or was  it a challenge to take on?

Don’t rush this answer because your answer will make a difference.  If you decide to tackle a roadblock, who is going to win?  But if you choose to tackle a challenge, who is going to win?

Here’s a free tip.  Your odds are a lot greater for winning if you are tackling a challenge.

Now, let’s say that you are facing a challenge, are you more likely to win if you look for options or if you focus on the formidable features of the challenge? You can choose to look at the assets you have in your hand.  Or you can choose to look at your formidable opponent.  What you see will depend upon what you are looking for.  You can choose to look for solutions; or you can choose to look for an escape.

What are you looking for?

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