One advantage of getting older is that every passing year comes with more perspective. The list of entries grows longer in what I call the Portfolio of Past Problems. Just like we keep track of our job accomplishments by writing resumes to show employers how proficient we are in our jobs, solving problems in our personal lives also gives us valuable experience and makes us more capable. Rather than feeling gloomy because not everything came out perfect on the first try, we should give ourselves credit for work well done!

No matter how troubling a particular situation may be, the chances are good that when looking back on it many years later, it’s probably just going to be another one of the many things that worked out all right.

Word-art that says "Problems are like washing machines. They twist us, spin us and knock us around. But in the end we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before."

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. Love this post, Meg!!
    Thank you for sharing and linking to Nurturing Thursday!

  2. What a beautiful reminder. It is so good to be positive while dealing wiht problems.

  3. A great post! And so true…loved the washing machine analogy too!

  4. Great quote! 🙂 I’m laughing, the washer is better than the dryer, imagine if we come out dry and wrinkled from it!

  5. I’m with Tiny. I like the washing machine analogy.
    I think as we age we tend to problem solve before deciding what we’re going to do.
    Although, the things we can’t think through are mean to happen to show us a bigger picture.
    Inspiring NT …
    Isadora 😎

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