Congratulations on your problems. I mean that. I mean that very sincerely. I don’t know exactly where you’re at right now or what problems you might be dealing with. But the reason I say congratulations on your problems is because problems are the one thing in life that we don’t normalize. You know, you can’t just get used to problems.
They keep nagging at you, they keep pushing at you. They keep distracting you. They basically are always in your face. And you’re always having to think about it and deal with it which means you become aware of it. So why are problems so good? Well, it’s not so you can learn to deal with it and just accept the suffering, that’s not it at all. Congratulations on your problems because your problems are giving you absolutely accurate feedback about what you’ve been choosing.
I mean, think about it. Everything that’s happened in your life up until now, you’ve been making choices. Now, some of those choices might have been unconscious or might not have been, you know, the deliberate thing you chose in that moment. But since nobody’s thinking your thoughts for you, and nobody’s making your decisions for you, that means you have agency, you have free will. And so, if you’ve got problems in your life right now, you know, welcome to the planet.
The question is, what are you going to do now? And more importantly then what are you going to do now, what are you going to choose right now? You have a choice. And instead of seeing these as problems that are pushing you down. What if these are just puzzles that you get to unpack as you continue your own journey of growth?
I mean, c’mon. Isn’t it true that you have been bigger than any puzzle that’s come your way so far? Here you are, you’re still standing. So doesn’t it make sense that that same thing would be true no matter what puzzle you’re facing right now? Maybe all that’s required is a couple of new choices. How to see things differently. How to treat yourself. Maybe how to treat others.
There’s always choices you can make. And so, I don’t know exactly what it is that you’re dealing with right now, but I do know that nothing in this entire universe stands still, everything’s changing all the time, that includes you. So why not use the puzzles that are in your life as a potent reminder of your power to make new choices? Starting today, you can make some new choices right now that lead to new feelings, new actions and new results.
And then you’ll be looking back at all those puzzles that you used to think were such a big deal, and you’ll be looking back from a brand new perspective. An entirely upgraded vantage point. Because you’re never going to stop growing. You’re never going to stop evolving. And you got this. You’re just one choice away.