A problem-free life

What if there are no problems?

As you read this, now, this very moment, do you have a problem?

The answer will be no, a situation could arise and you will deal with it. Problems only occur when we label something as such and then the mind takes over. Also, when we are in our minds, the mind will project forward into the future and will imagine problems.

We can only deal with situations as and when they occur in the present moment, future problems are mind constructs and therefore cannot be dealt with as they are not real.

Problems give rise to psychological fears and they are completely different to present real physical dangers that we deal with by flight, freeze or fight.

There are no problems, just situations we choose to label as such and future mind projections of imaginary problems.

A problem-free life is a choice, one that any of us can make at any moment, it is that easy, stay focused on our life now and do not create labels for future events or current situations.

Going back to the easy stuff

When we come across hard things we habitually tend to look for easy things to do instead.

We’ll convince ourselves we need a break, or that would be better tackled later when we’ll be ready. The thing is there never is a time called ‘ready’.

We will talk ourselves out of the hard challenges as it requires putting ourselves at risk and it is uncertain. We opt for easy. Easy is comfortable and brings instant gratification, a chemical feel-good fix inside.

The thing is when we opt for easy whenever we encounter hard things in the future we have conditioned ourselves to search for easy. It becomes a habit that leads us to shy more and more from risk, from challenges and it leads to the search for certainty and avoidance.

If we tackle the hard things, we create a different habit that starts to look for hard things and then we learn and get even better. Initially, it is tough, although 99% of the time the things are never anywhere near as hard as our mind will imagine them, however, like all habits it gets more rewarding and therefore sustainable.

We can always go back to the easy stuff afterwards when we’ve done the hard tasks. However, more often than not the easy becomes less and less appealing the same way the hard things do when we avoid them.

Going back to easy stuff fades. Avoiding hard things leads to nothing.