Nature as Teacher: Dissolving Problems

“When we let our problems sit for a bit, they are as likely to dissolve as be solved — because they only exist as thoughts in our mind.”
–  Michael Neill

I am blessed to live so close to historic Red Rocks Park that I consider it my big backyard.  The park encompasses 640 acres of spectacular, rare beauty with vast views of the Denver metro area.  Whenever I need a new perspective, I go to Red Rocks.  From that perch, I am reminded of the vastness of life and the insignificance of anything I consider a problem.

Awhile back while driving toward Red Rocks, I could see a huge rain storm forming.  When I parked the car, the clouds were so dark and the wind so strong that I decided not to get out.  Instead, I sat in the car and made a phone call. 

The heavy, dark, foggy clouds covered the entire metro area.  I couldn’t even see down the hill much less the expansive view of Denver.  It looked like it was raining heavily in every part of Denver and the suburbs.  But it wasn’t raining on me.  I seemed to be just above the storm.  A few minutes later, I ended my call and looked out over Denver.

The clouds were gone.  The rain was gone.  The wind was gone. In what seemed like an instant, what looked like a huge storm had simply vaporized.  All that was left were a few white wispy clouds far out toward the horizon.

What problem?!?

What problem?!?

I actually laughed out loud by myself in the car!  What a dramatic, clear message.  It looked like I had such a big problem.  I decided to wait it out and enjoy a phone conversation with my friend, Ginny, for a few minutes. And then my problem vanished!  Actual and metaphorical . . . ahhhh!

To effortless problem-solving . . .

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Ann Strong, founder of Strong from Within and Thriving Coaches.

Author of Thriving Work.


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