What is your automatic reaction when you face a problem? Thinking? Thinking over? Thinking over and over again, hoping that will help you figure it out soon? No doubt. You are what’s called ‘normal’. So was I.
After an hour, a day, a night, a week or more of thinking, it turns to be abnormal that the problem is still exist, without any resolution and rather become such a large and knotty one. This seems to be ironic and nonsense. Why thinking so hard can’t help make things better? It must be something problematic, either the problem itself or me! Oh.. Here comes another problem ! A problem within the problem. Great!
Almost every time the problem comes up, I was thinking, concentrating, trying hard to fix it. Some could be solved within short times, some within many days. But some was left there, with pending label. Pretending to forget it as if ‘forgetting’ means ‘resolved’. But no, not at all. Whenever the matter is triggered, your disturbing thoughts and feelings will definitely remind you of the truth that the problem is still alive.
What I learnt from trying to figure things out is that to step back and see the whole picture. I know you know this. Everyone knows. Me, at that time, too. But we just can’t do it, or we just ignore it. But it’s actually the first step to get yourself back from the maze of thought. Thinking that you are an astronaut and the earth is the problem. Get out from the earth and see it as the astronaut’s angle. The more you step back, the fewer the problem is. The more you drawback, the more you clearly see other stars, other galaxy and the universe, seeing other conditions and factors with another aspect.
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From that sight, not even see the country, the city or the house you live in, nor your friends or even your family. How small we are… How tiny the problem is… That’s the moment I found myself a speck of dust in this universe, the moment I see that the problem is not such a big deal. And actually nothing’s big deal at all. We just make it that big…
And this is a normal, a truly common perception that we should realise.
As simple as it is. So simple, we are.