On a recent trip to Germany I was able to read John Maxwell’s “The Difference Maker.” One chapter deals with problems and how to solve them. Dr. Maxwell also observes that there is a difference between problems and predicaments. He explains that problems can be solved while predicaments or dilemmas have to be accepted and worked around.
In Berlin we visited with my brother who also had a wheel chair handy. I toured an old fashioned flee market as well as the new opened exhibition “Topography of Terror.” It depicts a dark part of the history of Germany with a remnant of the Wall as well the location of the headquarters of the former Nazi regime. I believe it to be an important part of the reconciliation which all of the German people have to go through to forgive their past.
It is important to understand the difference between a problem and a predicament. Mr. Maxwell states, that when people treat a predicament as a problem, they can become frustrated, angry, or even depressed. It wastes energy, and we make bad decisions which can lead to victim hood. My return flight was a good example. There was nothing we could do but wait until the airline cleared our take off. We were lucky that we took off at all and even luckier that we arrived safely, despite the delay.
I am grateful to be home again with a rich experience of trusting others by staying calm and faithful myself.