Dealing with problems doesn’t necessarily mean working on them right away. Often it’s more effective to slow down and consider the alternatives. But because the modern world is so busy and competitive, not solving a problem quickly can get uncomfortable—it brings up all sorts of old anxieties about wasting time, not knowing what to do, and being a failure. So, instead of calmly looking at the situation and realizing that there are many possibilities, people are likely to overlook all but the most obvious solutions and to pick one without giving it much thought.

Word-art with a light bulb that says "When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven't." -Thomas Edison

Taking time to consider possible solutions, rather than doing whatever comes to mind first, is not really wasteful. It leads to a calmer and more productive mindset in dealing with problems generally, and it’s likely to have much better results than hurrying to do something right now.

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful share. I need the advice right away. Now instead of getting anxious about what might happen in 3 months I am going to concentrate on my current projects and vacation!

  2. This is so difficult to control our wishes to do everything fast and at the same time, it’s a perfect recipe for failure. Little by little I’m trying to control my acts, put more thought on them before doing something that will make me feel sorry after.

  3. This is a great nurturing post and gentle reminder! Thank you for sharing with Nurturing Thursday!

  4. There is an Edison Museum an hour drive away. I wonder if they have that quote there.
    I may have missed it. There’s lots to see. A genius who was talented in so many ways.
    Wise nurturing words to remind us to never give up or in.
    Isadora ??

  5. Great post, Meg! I fully agree.

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