Working the issue

Something’s been on my mind lately…
I borrowed this from Matt Damon’s character in The Martian (good movie, BTW), as well as I believe it works for me.

Work. The. Problem.


In the movie, Matt Damon’s astronaut character gets stranded on Mars during what was expected to have been a routine area objective (aren’t they all?). Well, he gets unintentionally left for dead, except that he’s still extremely much alive, however a few of his devices is damaged as well as he can’t interact with NASA or the team of the spaceship ? he traveled to Mars with.

Yeah, talk about a poor day.

And the day turns to weeks, then months, then… At any type of rate, it was a truly poor time for Matt Damon’s character.


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One style that appears over as well as over once again in the film is the concept of working a problem.

What does that mean?

Well, if there’s a issue in front of you — like, say, being unintentionally stranded on a hostile world with extremely bit food, no friends, no spaceship as well as no implies of communication — first, you gotta keep it together (a.k.a. don’t freak out).

Then, you work toward solving the extremely very first issue in front of you, as well as you keep working that very first issue up until it’s solved. then you relocation on to solving the next problem, then the next, then the next one after that. Hopefully, after you’ve resolved sufficient of the problems, you accomplish whatever the larger goal is. In the situation of The Martian, it was getting the heck off Mars.

I’ve been believing about “working the problem” a great deal lately since I’ve been trying to make headway on a couple of huge jobs — planning some big house repair work (we have a restroom that needs repairs, carpet that ought to be replaced, some needed electrical repairs, etc.) as well as making some modifications in my career. (Definitely not quitting blogging, though. I’m just trying to get something else going.)

I haven’t felt equipped to make huge modifications in my life for a few years (seriously, keeping a little kid to life drains your life force in so numerous unforeseen ways), however now that Connor is a bit older, I lastly feel like I have the stamina as well as mental energy to do it.

Truth is though, while I desperately want to relocation my life forward, I still get quickly overwhelmed, as well as that’s where working the issue comes in. I keep reminding myself to “just resolve this problem.” keep working at that a person thing up until it’s done, as well as then relocation on to the next.

I just want to leave Mars as well as go back to earth! — so to speak.

Is making huge modifications that simple? No. I still bring sufficient mental baggage to utilize a full-time valet! however I just keep whittling away at whatever the issue is in front of me. One at a time.


So that’s been on my mind lately…

Your friendly community charm addict,


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