Over these last few years I’ve learned that when something makes me cringe and want to hide, then I know I’m in the sweet spot. I’m at the edge of my comfort zone and I’m just a single step away from a shift occurring.

I cringe now when I think about why I used to have such an insistent need to provide a solution for every problem. And I still cringe sometimes now when I hear myself shift into unsolicited solution mode. Am I attempting to provide a solution for a problem that in all reality really doesn’t actually exist?

You see I used to believe that if I had a solution for everyone’s problems, then I had a sense of value to them. Solving problems made me feel worthy and needed. The more problems I successfully solved, the more problems were brought to me to solve. The more invisible the root of the problem was, the more interested I was in solving it.

I built a career out of solving problems, just the same way everyone else does. In whatever form it takes, we literally get paid to solve each other’s problems. Problem with your car? No problem, there is someone who can fix that. Feeling hungry? No problem, there are so many solutions for that. Need some help with tax, clearing gutters, building a new house, mowing lawns, cutting your hair – no problem, there are people who can resolve that for you.

Solutions, solutions, solutions – they are everywhere already!

So then in a world filled with solutions for everything, why are so many people still suffering? Is the solution to all this suffering really that we need more solutions? Surely we’ve been trying to solution our way out of problems everyday for decades already, so is that really the solution we are looking for?

Wouldn’t it just make more sense to have fewer problems?

The Oxford Dictionary definition of a problem is; a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.

By this definition, wouldn’t it make more sense to ponder our perspective on what we view as unwelcome, and to reconsider what within ourselves actually feels bothered by the majority of our perceived problems?

The art of making your invisible visible means you have less problems because the root cause simply no longer exists. This is the path of least resistance because there is no longer anything to resist.

So wouldn’t it make more sense to pay attention to having fewer problems, rather than focusing energy on seeking more solutions?

In the words of Edward Hodnett – “A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer.”