I came across this lovely story, and it just about sums up how I feel about problems and solutions. My mother always said: “If you have a problem, then you definitely have the solution” Some attitude. I wish she was around to read this.
A lady lived in an apartment. Just as she was about to sleep every night, the neighbor’s baby would start bawling, crying as though there were no tomorrow. She couldn’t sleep because the baby kept her awake. According to studies, if there’s one thing that tops the list when it comes to upsetting sounds, then it is a baby crying. Well – this baby continued to wail, night after night.
The lady had several choices. She could complain to the baby’s parents; plug her ears, yell back; she could complain to the apartment manager or she could move to another apartment.
However, she did none of those things. She thought about it – and figured that if she could hear the baby so clearly, then the baby ought to be able to hear her, too. So – the next night, the moment the baby began to cry, she sang and was thrilled when the baby quietened. She didn’t mind doing this everyday.
I thought this was lovely – such a compassionate and creative way to solve the problem!
Point is – when we have problems, instead of getting bogged down by them or going nuts – it makes sense to channel the energy towards a possible solution. May not happen every time – but certainly worth a try. The simplest situations can get to us sometimes – and it is worth it to try to find a fulfilling solution instead of wishing the problem away.
Life is beautiful. Enjoy it.