Know The Difference Between An Inconvenience And A Problem

“When you fall in a river, you’re no longer a fisherman; you’re a swimmer.” ~Gene Hill

There always seem to be days when things just seem to not go our way. We dress up nice and go to great trouble to be careful, yet still manage to spill food upon our shirt or dress. We are running late because it took extra-long to get the children ready, and on this particular day, we get stuck in a traffic jam. But as Gene points out, our experience in life is all about our perspective. How do I see things, people, places, and occurrences in my life? If I were fishing and fell in the water, would I make the most of it and enjoy the swim… or would I see it as an inconvenience and let it sour my day?

Every day of our lives we are faced with inconveniences. I am not talking about tragedies, such as death, sickness, and crime, but things that can only affect us negatively if we allow them to do so. Being stuck in that traffic jam can be an unpleasant inconvenience, but it can also be a wonderful opportunity to get some quiet time to ourself. I personally like to take the time to pray, for I find that it not only helps to put my mind at ease, but also helps me to concentrate on the blessings in my life and to focus on enjoying the day.

The differences between our problems and our inconveniences become obvious to us when we consider the incomprehensible pain and suffering others are faced with each day–hunger, famine, war, lack of clean water, abuse.

Today is a one of a kind day. And a detour on your road in life can either be an adventure or an inconvenience. Of course, it is your choice how you respond to them.

Recognize the potential blessings in the minor inconveniences of the day.

Questions to consider:

Can you think of any times when an inconvenience turned out to be very positive?

What are some things that can cloud our ability to see the opportunity in what seem to be obstacles?

Why do we tend to avoid facing obstacles instead of looking for the best in them?

For further thought:

“One of life’s best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, you got a problem. Everything else is just inconvenience.” ~Robert Fulghum

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