the problem is
more with our
the problem itself. –Judy G.
Sometimes that’s enough, the problem dissolves; and other times, the problem shrinks and becomes much less big, hairy, and scary.
If you like words, here’s one way to begin:
- Make a list of all the ways this situation (problem) makes you feel, all the negatives – any and all thoughts, feelings and images.
- Ask yourself what all this reminds you of. Is there a metaphor for this situation? (The metaphor will describe your current relationship with this problem.)
- Now list all the ways you’d like it to be – use lots of adjectives. What do you want this to be like, feel like, instead? What do you want more of? Do this in positive language – steer clear of “I don’t want it to…”
- Now ask yourself what this reminds you of? Is there an image that comes to mind? (This metaphor will be a new approach to the situation or a new way of relating to it.)
Don’t be afraid to be playful, wacky or kooky. Much like a joke can break tension in a fraught situation, “silliness” loosens and lightens a heavy problem allowing fresh new ideas to come in.
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