Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.”   ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Problems are often teachers.  As we continue to recover, we come to value the lessons learned through our problems.  But “problem thinking” can be a problem in itself, strangely enough.  It can become an addiction and an escape from life.

What happens if our most rewarding communication comes from sharing our problems with friends?  What if our deepest sense of inner strength is only felt when we’re wrestling with a difficulty?  What if we get to feel so comfortable in the midst of problems that we stir up a few if we start to run out?  (Don’t laugh.  Many of us do exactly that.)

Creating a struggle around every circumstance may give us a sense of accomplishment – but it surely makes life harder than it needs to be.  The high of engaging in battle is not the only high there is.  We can make connections and get good feelings in more direct and joyful ways.

I will not define my life by my problems.  I remind myself that struggle is part of life – not life itself.

~ Days of Healing, Days of Joy ~ Aug 30; HMS