Where acceptance is all there is
Cheryl and I saw this Shreddies billboard while driving around Windsor, Ontario earlier today. I just had stop and take a picture, not only because the sign is funny, but also because it teaches a great lesson about coping with life and its challenges. Oftentimes, the real problem in our lives is the negative ways in which we're looking at things. As I wrote in an essay titled "This Joy I Have,"
Problems tend not to be as problematic as the ways in which humans attempt to solve them. Indeed, the greatest and most overlooked problem often is the person with problems -- the way he thinks about and responds to what he perceives to be problematic people, places, things, or situations in his life. Consequently, the "something new" we often feel we need is really new ways of thinking that can engender better ways of living, relating to others, and coping with challenges.