I hold this to be truth: first time we encounter a problem, craft a solution and try. If that works we don’t usually explore other options. If that problem lingers or repeats we likely consider other solutions, but otherwise not.
When that problem keeps resurfacing, gets larger or no longer responds to our solution, we try another. Cynics scoff, “sounds like doctors practicing medicine”, and to some degree, yes. Intelligent problem solving, learning and applying what we learn to improve. Some would ask for help at this point. Most of us try to figure out a solution; intellectually we know asking for help is better, smarter and quicker – but we plug away … .
Question rolling around in my mind: do we get better and stronger by doing more, by trying more to solve more problems (too often, ones we created ourselves) – or better off having fewer problems to attend to, less trouble to solve?
Someone commented the other day, expressing frustration that the more we get efficient and better managing our time and tasks to be more efficient, that more tasks and work rush in to fill that void we’d rushed to save.
My answer: yes, exactly that … .
You see, this isn’t a question of whether our tombstone says we wished we’d spent more time at the office, but rather an issue of whether we spent our available time doing more things that matter more. Sure, those are often intertwined with a workplace, a schedule, and payrolls, but better to be measured by what we do than by what we avoided, by what we did with our brain when our hard/smart work made more time available.
I am convinced, at the point where people don’t want something worthy to challenge them is the moment they start to die (harsh, but that’s my view) inside; conversely, challenging ourselves to do more, to do better, to do important things nobody else is doing … this can lengthen life, and if not it surely must strengthen life.
When I was younger time didn’t seem to matter – never occurred to me that I might not have enough; still doesn’t deter me, but I recognize there is less open runway ahead.
Hungering for unfettered frenetic energy of youth to match this modicum of maturity which has finally started to arrive, to tackle big things which take a long time to pay off – you might ask, “what’s stopping you?”