What is a “Problem”? Who has defined what should a “Problem” look like, sound like or feel like. Why do people run away from a “Problem”?
Whats the definition of a problem? How are we supposed to react and handle the situation. Is there a universal solution to a specific problem? Or, there is an array of solutions? If yes, and if you know it already, how does one decide which is the best solution among so many?
When people find themselves in a problem, they would seek advice, ponder over it, think about it again and again, and finally try to address it. And everyone of us do it all the time. And still, some solutions that we arrive at, don’t seem to be a perfect solution, and thus our mind becomes restless. Restless to the extent that we don’t seem to get away from the already lost opportunity. Well, of course we missed a chance, which might or might not affect soon. But then, didn’t we do our best?
A second lives only for a second. I wonder why they named it as “second”!!! Why not “first” or “third”? Perhaps, because it just sounds right. Wonder how milli-first or micro-firsts would have sounded.
The problem of the “Problem” is the word itself, according to me. It’s like a ghost. The ghost is fictional, almost everywhere in the world. But, still, people freak out at the mere mention of that word. Taking a more real world example, it’s like “a scorpion or a big spider on your chair”. It’s the name and the image of the objects that scare us.
Think of a situation where a person encounters a King Cobra. Both, actually are facing the problem in their face. Both of them want to save their lives. Both of them think that it’s a life and death situation. Well, 50% of the times, it might just turn out to be a fatal duel, where one survives depending on his, as well as his opponents thoughts and actions. But, for the other 50% of the time, there is a possibility of both handling the situation a little differently. And in the end, saving each others’ and their own lives.
I often think that whatever we do, in the spur of the moment or even after contemplating our probable actions, we could never have done better. That was the best we did and we should forget about it even if it didn’t turn out in our favour. Forget the previous problem and face the next one. Don’t waste those seconds and minutes for the ticks that are already gone silent. There will be countless more ticks for you, and hope that those are more musical than the bygones.
Happy New Year to everyone 🙂
Let’s start with a blast…. And make this year the best, better than the previous years. For the next, let’s plan after a year. 🙂
A small story might go well with this:
“One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops – a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.
At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a Pathan got on. Six feet four, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the conductor and said, “Pathan doesn’t pay!” and sat down at the back.
Conductor didn’t argue with Pathan, but he wasn’t happy about it. The next day the same thing happened. Pathan got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the next.
This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Pathan was taking advantage of poor conductor. Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.
By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what’s more, he felt really good about himself. So, on the next Monday, when Pathan once again got on the bus and said, “Pathan doesn’t pay!”, the driver stood up, glared back at Pathan, and screamed, “And why not?”
With a surprised look on his face, Pathan replied, “Pathan has a bus pass.”
Management Lesson: Be sure there is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one.”