DO PROBLEMS REALLY EXIST? HOW CHANGING OUR PERSPECTIVE Can Change Our Life
Natural Solutions|June 2021
Challenges can either awaken you or pull you into a deeper sleep.
MOSHE GERSHT

I believe it begins with clarifying the language we use. Our general assumption is that all challenges are “bad,” and in this light we call them “problems.” But are there really problems? What if we changed the way we looked at our difficulties? The Latin root of the word “problem” is problema, which means throwing forth a question or situation. Situations arise, and they can be viewed as a question. The question goes like this: What are you going to do about . . . ? It’s a question about what you are going to do. How you are going to respond. The question is not how do you feel about this?

We often walk around assuming the basic question is how do I feel about this? And very often the answer we give is I really don’t like this. When we assume this question, we are bound to go for a bumpy ride. Our inner answer to any question about our feelings sounds something like good, bad, good, great, amazing, terrible, bad, worse, better, good, and so on. We set ourselves up to judge and assess everything that happens because there is another underlying question behind how do you feel; namely, is this good or bad?

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