"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines." ~Robert Schuller
We all have problems; it is part of the journey of life. It is how you view the problems in your life that makes all the difference in the world. If you view the problems as obstacles and stop signs, then you will forever live in the “poor me” mentality of blaming yourself or others for the misfortunes in your life.
If however, you look at problems as opportunities for growth, then you will live with more ease in your life. You will not waste time and energy being upset and angry, and be able to move ahead in a positive frame of mind. The problems in our life can be the guidelines to direct us on a new path or in a new direction if we are open to the infinite possibilities.
Viewing problems as opportunities is not always easy and is a new mindset for many of us. Whenever I encounter an obstacle, I ask myself “what am I supposed to learn from this?” I try to reframe the situation and find the path of least resistance to move ahead in my life. I surrender and go with the flow.
Do you view problems as stop signs or guidelines?
Can you think of a recent problem that provided an opportunity for growth?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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