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November 16, 2013

A positive minute: Patiently waiting

“Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: Yet thy commandments are my delights.” Psalm 119:143 KJV

How often have you struggled with problems in life? If you’re human and, I assume since you are reading this column, you are. Trouble just seems to visit many people often.

Some folks live in drama filled world moving from one episode to another and, many times the problem isn’t even theirs to be concerned about. If you go on the internet to the social media you will find plenty of life’s drama unfolding on your computer screen.

In everyday life we see people on the streets of our communities and we overhear conversations that just let us know there are situations in this world that are troubling for many people.

Social media reminds me of the backyard on laundry day when I was a child. My grandmother would do the wash and hang it out on a clothes line. The neighbor lady seemed to have the same schedule for doing laundry and, more than once those two ladies would stand at the fence talking about a variety of things. Of course there was plenty of gossip.

What does this say to us? Exactly what the Psalmist is saying; “Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me.” Life really hasn’t changed that much from our ancestors in the way of human exposure to situations.

Sure, we all experience problems. The question is; how well are we dealing with the problem? If all we are doing is complaining about our situation and the problems then we haven’t learned the important lesson of processing our problems and moving on in life.

A problem is really an opportunity to excel in your life. I heard a businessman once tell his lead foreman of his business; “Look, don’t bring me the problem, I know what that is. Being me the solution.”

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