Prevent Proliferation of Problems by Seeking Solutions – August 3 Inspiration

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As I get older (edging ever closer to 60!), I’m reflecting on some of the preventative measures  I *SHOULD* have taken for the sake of my health and fitness over the past few decades. But since I can’t change the past, I’ve been slowly taking care of what I can over the past year. For instance, last May, I had reconstructive surgery on my right thumb (basal joint) to relieve severe arthritis and remove bone spurs and fragments. I can now use my thumb again without pain and only slightly limited range of motion. This summer, I’ve been catching up on all “those” appointments I’ve been putting off, from a colonoscopy to another vision exam (and new glasses).  In other words, instead of complaining about my problems, I’ve been seeking and implementing solutions.

 

 

 

So onto today’s inspiration. You can also read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.

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“Do you know there are people

who really don’t want to get well?

They just want to talk about their problems.

Are you one of those people?

Sometimes people get addicted to having a problem.

It becomes their identity, their life.

It defines everything they think and say and do.

If you have a ‘deep-seated and lingering disorder’

(see John 5:5-6),

the Lord wants you to know

that it does not have to be

the central focal point of your entire existence.

He wants you  to trust Him and cooperate with Him

as He leads you to victory over that problem

one step at a time.

Don’t try to use your problem

as a means of getting sympathy.

We get angry at those who tell us the truth.

And the truth is that before we can get well,

we must really WANT to be well–

body, soul, and spirit.

We must want to enough

that we are willing to hear and accept truth.

Each of us must learn to follow

God’s personal plan for us.

Whatever our problem my be,

God has promised to meet our need

and to repay us for our loss.

Facing truth is the key

to unlocking prison doors

that may have held us in bondage.” 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

 

This devotional thought was especially relevant for me last year as I prepared to deal with the lingering PROBLEM of my arthritic thumb!  I really didn’t want it to be an excuse or part of my life any more; I’m thankful now, just over a year later, that I’ve improved functionality AND become pain-free in that thumb! I’ve regained the ability to do many things without pain that had become very difficult (like just buttoning up a shirt!)

I also like the emphasis on not using our problems as excuses, or not allowing problems to become our identities. These lines are especially thought-provoking: “Sometimes people get addicted to having a problem. It becomes their identity, their life. It defines everything they think and say and do.”   Sadly, I know people like this and I don’t want to fall into that trap myself.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you tend to focus on problems rather than solutions, or know someone else who does?

 

Have you learned good strategies to help you find and implement solutions in your life?

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Comments

  1. Melanie Smith

    Sometimes I tend to focus on problems and I know it is not good. Finding solutions is not that easy for me, I have to learn more about it.

    03 . Aug . 2016
  2. Anthea O'Neill

    I am not a complainer myself but boy do I know some people who are always complaining about their health! Glad you are doing what you can to get your body comfortable and healthy again!

    03 . Aug . 2016
  3. Edward Thorpe

    Hi Karen,

    Happy you’ve decided on a healthier lifestyle.

    I do a lot of research about getting older and while genetic dispositions do cause health problems, lifestyle choices are nearly always, more important. Amazing isn’t it?

    As a kid, I liked all the attention I got from being sick. As an adult, I don’t!
    Edward

    03 . Aug . 2016
  4. Mairlu

    Everyone should be more positive in life. Things always tend to work themselves out.

    03 . Aug . 2016
  5. Amy Jones

    I’m glad you’ve chosen a healthier lifestyle. I’m still struggling with some issues in my life and your post is quite encouraging. Thanks for sharing!

    03 . Aug . 2016
  6. Elizabeth O.

    It’s tough because you’re more used to talking about what upsets you instead of talking about what you can do. I guess that’s how we all react. It’s so much better though if you can talk about solutions instead, it’s healthier and it’s motivating!

    03 . Aug . 2016
  7. Dawn McAlexander

    For a lot of people, the solution is to drink and drink until they are in a stuper to avoid their problems. Thing is, once you sober up, the problem is still there. I try to meet my problems head on and tackle them. It’s the only true way to get rid of a problem.

    03 . Aug . 2016
  8. Shanna Uptergrove

    I love this post. I am trying to get closer to our Lord and I have started trying to get myself healthier. I do tend to whine in my head about my problems, but I am learning slowly that I must DO something about them now.

    03 . Aug . 2016
  9. Kendra

    Once I realize there’s a problem I immediately focus on the solutions. This is a great post!

    03 . Aug . 2016
  10. Mimi

    I try to focus on the positive and to think of solutions rather than dwelling on the problem. A lot easier said than done mind you, but it helps.

    Mimi | According to Mimi

    04 . Aug . 2016
  11. Nicole Escat

    Honestly, I’m complaints more than to think the solutions in my problem. Now I know how to focus in solution than to problems, this is very inspiration.

    04 . Aug . 2016
  12. Helen Collier

    I’m far better at focusing on solutions nowadays and wonder why I ever put things off in the past!

    04 . Aug . 2016
  13. Bismah

    This was a very encouraging read. I am gradually learning to make healthier food choices as well as developing an exercise routine. It can definitely be challenging at times.

    04 . Aug . 2016
  14. Jessica Harlow

    It is true, some people would rather just not face things or are fearful of change or action. I tend to be the other way unless it comes to my health unfortunately. That’s the one area where I really take a backseat and put everyone else in front of my needs. I’ll reschedule a check up 100 times for any reason to kind of avoid it. lol Definitely something I need to work on getting better about as I get older.

    04 . Aug . 2016
  15. LIz Mays

    I can’t stand dwelling on problems. It just adds to the misery already there!

    04 . Aug . 2016
  16. Jasmine Eclipse

    I definitely tend to complain and focus on all my problems instead of putting that energy into solving those problems. I actually got into an argument this morning about it, and I’m so happy I read your blog because it really put it into perspective that I should stop complaining and DO something if I want change.

    04 . Aug . 2016
  17. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    I believe most people wouldn’t really want to focus on the problem itself without solutions by choice, it’s more of missing out on the right way of thinking. Some positive reading and quotes might help them out in that case.

    04 . Aug . 2016
  18. Lisa Hodges

    I try not to dwell on problems. I try to tackle them and check them off my list!

    04 . Aug . 2016
  19. Rosey

    I agree, we can’t change our healthcare habits of the past. We can take hold of right now though. 🙂

    04 . Aug . 2016
  20. Claudette P. Esterine

    Yes, there is one co-worker who incessantly talks about her problems and it drives me out of the room almost every single day! The past is the past and the woulda, coulda, shoulda change nothing so personally, I just keep moving as best as I can. 🙂

    04 . Aug . 2016
  21. Rachel Mouton

    I am an answers kind of person. I cannot stand for someone to come to me with a problem that they refuse to listen to any solutions about.

    05 . Aug . 2016
  22. Carol Cassara

    Thankfully, I have always gone straight to “solutions” in my life. I just don’t know any other way.

    05 . Aug . 2016
  23. christina aliperti

    I have been working on focusing on solutions. it’s easy to lose track sometimes and dwell on the problems but that doesn’t do anyone any good.

    06 . Aug . 2016
  24. Yona Williams

    This post reminds me of an issue I had with a root canaled tooth. I developed a lump in the gum below the tooth and I was really scared that it was cancer. I let it go on for a really long time before I inquired about it. I figured that if my dentists didn’t say anything about it, then it was fine. Well, it became a problem and I finally learned that a root cracked and was causing an infection. No cancer. I could have had it taken cared of a really long time ago. I let my fear get in the way of seeking a solution.

    06 . Aug . 2016
  25. Sarah Bailey

    I can sometimes get caught up in problems that are going on but I snap out of it quickly. So I guess you could say I look for those solutions!

    06 . Aug . 2016
  26. Krystle Cook

    I have a few friends and acquaintances that love to dwell on their problems. It can really put a damper on things. I will have to share this with them.

    06 . Aug . 2016
  27. Glenda Kruse

    What can’t change the past but we can have good strategies to help us find and implement future solutions in our life.

    07 . Aug . 2016
  28. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I know it is hard not to worry about problems. But we should learn how to face it. It is better to start thinking of solutions rather than thinking the problem all over again.

    07 . Aug . 2016
  29. tauyanm

    i dont like problems nor stressing over things that I can solve. the more you think about the problem the more it gets worse. so if i cant solve the prob now, i move on and wait the next day. stay focus and see things positive

    08 . Aug . 2016
  30. Leigh Anne Borders

    I have learned over time to be as proactive as I can. If there is an issue, i try to address as soon as I can so it does not end up going south quickly.

    12 . Aug . 2016

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