In our quest to make changes to achieve balance, we will experience problems and challenges. This realization can cause persons to:
- throw up their hands in despair;
- run for cover and hope the problems would just all go away; or
- try to do something about the issues.
If persons choose to do something about the problems, they may decide to:
- impulsively try to tackle the problem and hope for the best; or
- assess the problem, make the necessary preparations and move forward, like what Esther (see Call to Action)
Anyone who plays a musical instrument in an orchestra or a group understands that the beautiful music occurs when the members work together – understanding the part they play and respecting the contributions made by all other members. Also musicians who are able to play by ear can apply their skill to play just about any song, even if they are hearing the song for the first time. But how does all this relate to problem solving?
In a similar way when seeking effective solutions for problems, we need to understand and respect the contribution received from each person and be willing to listen (developing our mental ear) to each other.
By listening, we would be to able assess the problem and situation; plan and prepare by getting the right people and resources involved; and move forward by putting the plan in place. As we continue to work on balance in our lives and putting the pieces together, let us seek to learn effective problem solving skills, so that with God’s strength we can face whatever comes our way as we keep focused on living in accordance with God’s calling. (see Call to Action).