Is this a problem or an inconvenience?

“One of life’s best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.” ~ Robert Fulghum
I found this quote in the blog from Dennis Merritt Jones-author and speaker. This struck a cord with me. How often I do mistake an inconvenience for a problem. Fortunately I am learning to respond thoughtfully as opposed to just immediately reacting. I actually broke a few alarm clocks throwing them across the room because they rang- of course I was much younger. It reminds me of the bell that goes off in my mind when I use the words: never, always, must, can’t, and my personal favorite, should. I know they are just words but when I changed must and should in my mind to I choose to do something, it made a real difference. That old serenity prayer about knowing what you can change and what you can not change is real wisdom. I can only control and change myself and even that gets shaky sometimes. My thought for today. Just in case you think I am getting to serious I offer this prayer on a card my daughter gave to me.

“May those who Love us, truly Love us and those that can’t , May God turneth their hearts.
And if he can’t turn their hearts, May He turn their ankles so that we may know them by their limping.”


11 thoughts on “Is this a problem or an inconvenience?

  1. It’s all about perspective isn’t it? I feel bad for myself because I have arthritis and can no longer do some of the things I’d like to. And then I learn that a friend has a prognosis of two to three years to live. Perspective.


  2. Like that prayer Mountainmae. 😉 This is really food for thought. I am a great believer in the power of positive thinking, and positive action… if something negative happens, do something positive! (Obviously it doesn’t always work! 😉 )


    • I live with the same philosophy of positive thought and it is what it is. Life is so full of surprises. The Great Cosmic Happy-ass card company has some really funny cards. Link in post.


    • Well the joke followed within a half hour of writing this. My septic system started bubbling up through the ground (heavy rains) and I said this is a problem. Then a diabetic friend called to tell me that she was driving home from the store, having a feeling of fainting, nausea and double vision. She wanted me to talk to her to keep her awake because she was only a couple blocks from home. She got home safely. Are either of these a problem or just inconvenience?


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