Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tackling the Big Problem; To The Farmer's Market

+WonderfulWorld, 16 November 2014
We encounter problems every day. Mostly, these problems are simple choices. However, some problems are more complex or are broader and impact more than just today or just our own life. In these situations, some of us can easily become overwhelmed by the size and scope of what is at stake. In my experience it is the idea of the 'big problem' which must be let go first. The obstacle is our idea of the size of the problem, making it feel insurmountable and impossible to solve.

If it truly is a broad-based issue, the solution must have steps that allow for flexibility and a multifaceted approach, taking the macro-problem and initially breaking it into micro-units that are easier to consider. This can make the first steps less daunting, and once there is some progress or movement on the issue, a broader re-examination can take place. The key is to begin making headway, learning to adapt on-the-spot. Instead of attempting to solve the entire ‘big problem’ all at once, which may only be possible with objectivity, experience and intuitive insight, we’re allowing ourselves to be human.

Whenever we stop reacting to problems and situations, we allow ourselves the opportunity to let our natural presence and awareness to apply itself to the situation. All of our experiences, our intuition and our observations can be critically important in dealing with the ‘big problems’ we encounter. These are all vital when encountering each small choice and daily dilemma as well. Instead of reactivity, we are present and aware enough to begin to learn to know what our intentions are and what actions should be linked to those intentions.

Imagine if we applied ourselves to every step we take, to every human encounter we have, wherever we go and throughout our entire day. Immediately, the entirety of the day becomes a vibrant, workable field that we are actively engaged in with attention and care. We apply physical resources, mental resources, emotional resources and spiritual resources to achieve outcomes we determine are achievable and worthwhile. Imagine that! That is our day. It’s our field, the outcomes of which are the fruits, the vegetables, the crops that we feed ourselves, our families and our communities with each and every day.

Our lives are our farmer’s market. Our ‘big problems’ are our biggest asset. Our choices are what make all the difference. We determine a great deal in our lives and in the lives of others. What is it that we’re really after? Do we wish to help ourselves and others, or to blame ourselves and others?

Let’s start to do something with our day to bring to the human community farmer’s market. It will sustain us, it will sustain others, and it helps to perpetuate what we all want . . . happiness and joy, togetherness and progress.

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