“The” or “A?”

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“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

–     Thomas Merton, aka “Father Louis” (1915 – 1968), American Trappist Monk, philosopher

Solving problems is the good stuff.  It’s what we try to do as Difference Makers.

Too often, though, I wonder if we’re spending all our energy on finding the solution, when simply a solution gets us to the next round.

There are times that we want to get it “just right,” and those are self-evident in the moment.  The trick we play on ourselves is when we put the pressure of perfection on a decision that simply calls for “good enough.”

Today, it is likely that a solution will be called for several times.  Unless you happen to be a surgeon or a skydiver, it is quite unlikely that there is only one “the” solution.  Let’s don’t waste our time looking for perfect, when perfect doesn’t exist.


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