I thought I invented that word, and then I found it in the Urban Dictionary
It's not a problem, it's a problitunity. Opportunity + Problem = problitunity
The flip side of a problem is opportunity.
We don't have a homeless problem, we have an opportunity to create urban campgrounds.
We don't have a problem with war, we have an opportunity for peace.
Every day, I look for problems to solve. This stems from my inner drive to help others. I know that till the day I die, no matter how much money I have, I will still have the desire to help others. I think it's a human need we never lose.
The problem is never solved, rather it's dissolved. If we look closely enough, we discover that the problem never actually existed in the first place - we created it! It only appears as a problem because we it's conflicting with our concept of what it should be. If we truly accepted everything and everyone as they are, there'd be no problem.
How do we dissolve the problem?
By seeing the truth that the problem didn't exist until we identified it. And there lies the actual problem - identification is only a concept - one that is often filled with error. Our ability to accurate identify the problem is limited by what we know... and the truth is - we don't know what we don't know - and this keeps perpetually stuck trying to solve a problem that never actually existed in the first place.
Let me give you an example...
An author identified a problem that they didn't have an ISBN for their eBook. What they 'didn't know they didn't know' is that eBooks don't require an ISBN! They were misinformed that they needed one in the first place. This is one if the problems of doing too much research. If they had actually started publishing their eBook, they would have discovered it was not required. But instead, they spend time trying to solve a problem that never existed in the first place.
It's like being given a wrong address. We are trying find something that doesn't exist.
This is why I'm a big fan of Learn, Do, Teach. More often than not, the work will teach you how.
The truth of the problem? It arose when we (or someone else) first identified it. It's not a problem until someone labels it as such. How does a problem arise? More often - it's rooted in conflicting concepts.
What constitutes a problem worth solving?
When there's tension, look at the cause of the tension. To relieve the tension, sometimes you need to act... but other times, you need to let go.
Every day, the problems I face provide me with an opportunity for growth. The give of the problem is the opportunity to expand outside my comfort zone to the extent that I willingly accept new challenges.
Within every challenge is a seed of opportunity. The more seeds I plant, the more we have to till the land watch your crop flourish.
Problems are the seeds that bloom opportunity.
My soul is the caretaker for the challenger.
To challenge something is to take it on.
What follows problems are challenges. To take on a challenge is to work the soil around the seed (the problem). Growth happens as a result. If the problem seed is planted, yet you fail to work the soil (take on the challenge), it's unlikely the seed will ever germinate.
Some seeds take years of care before they germinate.
You are paid to the extent that you solve other people problems.
I see challenges as the opportunity to try something I've never done before. Whether I succeed or fail isn't what matters. What matters is that I did not bow down from the challenge. All that matters is that after acknowledging the problem, I took steps to address it.
Identifying problems without suggesting solutions is called complaining. Nobody likes a complainer.