Monday, June 18, 2012
Unearthed problems are opportunities
We gain skills by developing solutions to problems.
before we can find solutions to problems we first need to do something that is at first, counter-intuitive - we must EMBRACE the problems. Embracing problems, facing them head-on is the first step to finding solutions to them - and the first step toward gaining the kinds of life-skills that really, really count.
On the mat - we contend with each other; not to determine a winner and a loser - but to help each other expose our weaknesses, so we can (together) ways to shore them up - and become more and more skilled. We contend to unearth each others weaknesses - to illuminate the 'problem' and take steps toward the development of a solution.
It is the same off the mat - problems, at first, can seem like obstacles standing in the way of our 'happiness' - the way I look at them though, is as 'training tools', as 'markers' guiding me toward an ever-growing set of skills that I can use to steer me happily and successfully through life. I love unearthing problems ... both on and off the mat: JBW