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Formula For Bypassing Trouble

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It would be easy to say that we have no troubles, that life our life is trouble free, and I would guess that many of us have heard friends or family say this. Or maybe its something that we said at one point in our lives.

I distinctly remember having a conversation with my mom when I was in my early 20’s where I told her I thought my life purpose was just to have fun, I had no problems.

Truth is…

I was asleep at the wheel. I was ignoring all the important decisions in my life and filling the void with booze, drugs and partying.

The difficulties or struggle of my life were too much for my mind and soul to bear. I had no mentors to guide me or any idea that a mentor was what I needed.

Oliver Wendell Holms, Jr. said –

“If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I wouldn’t pass it around. Wouldn’t be doing anybody a favor. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t say I embrace trouble. That’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say, meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.”

How do we greet trouble as a friend? We don’t hug it and give it kisses, that’s a lover, we don’t hide from it or lock our doors, that’s avoiding.

To treat it as a friend we talk and listen. We ask questions.

  • What am I going to, or what can I gain from your presence?
  • Are you within my control?
  • What can I control?
  • What can I do NOW to meet it where its at?
    • Nothing?
    • Something?

Trouble and handling it are one in the same, first we learn to struggle, then we learn to win.

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