Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” — Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian and religious author
Life is full of challenges. No one can deny that.
- We work to provide for ourselves and our families.
- We struggle to keep our bodies looking, feeling and functioning as well as we’d like them to.
- We try to find jobs, keep them and even advance at them.
- We try to find other people that we can care about and love as much as we want them to care about and love us, and we work our tails off trying to convince them that they should.
We have been conditioned to believe that the key to dealing with challenges is to find solutions to them. But we are wrong.
Challenges are not problems in need of solutions. They are parts of life we can no more hope to rid our lives of than we can rid them of eating, sleeping and breathing.
Once we stop trying to find magical answers that don’t exist, life’s challenges morph into something else entirely. They become, simply, experiences.
All we need to do is embrace them the way we embrace the things that seem “good” to us.
All we need to do is live them.
Once we stop trying and start living, we find that the greatest joys are actually found in our greatest challenges. And once that happens, we no longer worry about how to get rid of challenges — we are grateful for them.