Distance between where we are and where we are going – like a long journey, could be measured in distance, or in time to get there.
Old (and good) cliché says ‘journey of a thousand miles that begins with a single step’.
Distance backward to another place, to another time, simply requires closed eyes and concentration – in an instant we are there.
So why can’t we move mountainous obstacles in our mind?
Of course we can!
They don’t go ‘poof’ in the night, but maybe aren’t mountain-sized. Rather, ‘thought sized’? And every mountain range gives rise to another valley …
If we see problems as gargantuan mountains, they are. If we see the goal line as too-far away to see, then it is.
If we see the mountainside as beautiful, the valley as a playground and lighten up we probably are much closer to that goal line than we expected.
Why? Because it is never ‘about the goal line’ as much as it is the journey, process and experiences on the journey.
Our mind set – bridges gaps, distance and attitudes.
Go ahead. Go there, go down the road or over the mountains – ask ‘why can’t we solve today’s problems today? Why can’t we solve tomorrow’s problems tomorrow? I say this not to suggest that everything is simplistic – because it isn’t, but rather to assert that problem size and problem difficulty is derived from a mindset that says all tough problems are arduous and the tougher the problem, the longer it has been a problem, the more impossible the solution. But, if a solution can be found – or if many solutions can be, where are we pointing our mindset? At the problem, or at the solution?
If the problem is 400 days old, or 400 years old – what’s the difference?
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