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By Leslie Hull

I believe we take ourselves way too seriously. Everything is seen in an extreme. It is either all or nothing. We leave no room in the middle to color outside the lines. It feels like every decision we make will impact our lives so totally that surely it will forever be changed.

If somebody is upset with us, or disappointed in us, we imagine the relationship is so doomed that we are abandoned. Our problems are disasters, not issues that are bound to have solutions if we relax and open our eyes, ears and hearts.

Maybe a solution lies in our perspective. Problems will occur today. Some bigger than others but they will present themselves squarely in our face. What if I look at my problems like a good board game? I have my paper money (which we all believe is the perfect solution to everything), in my hot little hand and I’m ready to rock.

When there is a problem, what if we ask ourselves “In 1 year, how big of a deal will this really be? Will it even matter?”

Read in Full:  http://blogs.psychcentral.com/laughter/2010/06/facing-down-problems-by-lightening-up/



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