Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday Pensamientos

"There are no new problems."



Anonymous said...


Erin said...

Sorry for sounding cryptic. I meant, does this idea ring true, the idea that there are no new problems. The idea that we constantly fight our problems until or if they are solved. That what we think of as a new problem is actually the same problem that life or the universe or whoever continuously gives us until we work it through.

This quote is supposed to be from Byron Katie, but I tried googling it to find out for sure, but I couldn't find it. This is why I didn't write down the author.

I think the idea is true, at least for me. I seem to keep fighting the same battles, the same battles with other people, the same battles with myself, the same battles over and over. The battles may have different names or labels or circumstances, but with enough analysis, I discover that there are indeed no new problems. The only new thing that I can bring to the table is my approach to solving the puzzle.

Hope this makes more sense.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I get it now. Sorry for being slow!

I'm not sure if I agree or not. I think there are some things that are new in our lives that introduce different issues and challenges. For instance, even if you're accustomed to being a student, the stress that is involved in finals, etc...Is it really the same when you are teaching? I had a child with serious medical conditions. That required certain actions and thoughts on my part. I now have a friend who is dealing with similar problems for her child. It's not the same.

I find that as I learn different behaviors, different situations are presented. I can use what I learned, but there are enough differences that I have new things to learn each time.

Erin said...

Thanks for replying. I can see that you put some thought in your remarks. I like your last paragraph; I'll have to keep it in mind.