Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Putting Things Into Perspective

While there are arguably objective truths in the world, for the most part the human experience is full of relative experiences. One man's trash is another man's treasure, so to speak. Or perhaps an individual might appear to be a villain to some people, and a hero to another. When it comes to problems (and don't we have our share of problems), I'd like to follow what my former pastor told me about them: there are two kinds of problems, good problems and bad problems. Here's an example:

Good Problem: You spot two coveted items in the mall yet you only have enough money to pick one.
Bad Problem: You have no money.

Good Problem: You have too many players for your RPG game.
Bad Problem: You have too little players for your RPG game.

Good Problem: You're busy with work.
Bad Problem: You don't have work.

Make no mistakes, both instances are legitimate dilemmas. It's just that one stems from "success" of a sort while the other takes a keen eye to spot the silver lining, if any.

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