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"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem.  Everything else is inconvenience" Robert Fulghum

Today was an inconvenience.  I had a doctor's appointment about 40 miles away.  Halfway there I got a blowout in my right front tire.  The tire actually did not deflate; it threw a large piece of tread off.  It bent some sheet metal behind the tire as it flew off. After that the vehicle shaking was horrendous and scary.

Luckily I left plenty early for the appointment and had time to change the tire and still get to the appointment on time. I could have cussed, yelled, stomped and cried. It wasn't a problem, it was an inconvenience. I quickly solved it and moved on.

Not every situation is as easily solved or as inconsequential as a flat tire on the freeway.  However if we respond to the smaller inconveniences in a calm manner, we will condition ourselves to respond to actual problems in a more composed manner.

There are a lot of things in life that hold us back because we believe they are a problem.  We don't make enough money.  We lost our job.  Our credit cards are maxed out and the phone will not keep ringing because of debt collectors. 

In the scheme of things all of these things may hurt, the may worry us, but they are not as much of a problem as they are an inconvenience to our ongoing efforts to live a quality life. If we handle the inconveniences well, we can handle the problems better.

If you take various quotes to heart and think about them, each one can offer you an insight into success and forward moving change in your life.  This is especially true of this quote.  If we evaluate what we call problems, we may find that are really inconveniences that we can fairly easily work through.




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