Tool: device for doing work, an object designed to do a specific kind of work
I certainly hope that you will take a little time out this weekend to ponder over the following thought I rooted out for you.
It is a natural mindset from an early age, to view things and situations in a negative light. Pessimism is the coward's way of going through life, mainly because it guards against disappointment, and this is a lovely comfort zone to be in. Unfortunately pessimism does not allow its prisoner to consider a wider view of all the various possibilities and outcomes. Pessimism and negativity binds your mind, trapping inside a fear-filled existence.
“To a person who only has a hammer, every problem looks rather like a nail.” Traditional English Proverb
Did you know that our little toolbox has been our constant companion since we were small and has probably grown in size just as we have? We make very good use of all our tools in every trying situation we encounter!
In the midst of emotional turmoil, problematic situations and stress, we are inclined to either attack or retreat.
We blame others for their part in our situation – they didn’t hold the level straight so our shelf is mounted skew. We make excuses for why we didn’t do something sooner now we have to bring out the large broom to clean the mess. We use the hack-saw to get in deeper and find out what it was in our past that made us act this way. We drill at our self-image until there is only dust left. We cement ourselves behind walls to protect what little dignity we think we have. Sometimes we use the nail-gun like a weapon to keep those prying eyes away. Oftentimes we hammer our way through life, making the same mistake over and over!
Do you walk through life armed with a hammer, ever ready to knock each problem however small into the ground with force? Is your hand raised above your head, holding your weapon high expecting each problem to have a negative outcome? It has been said that the best form of defence is attack, so I have to assume that you have been in that same situation time and time again. Many of us hide behind our hammer a ten pounder... because we do not believe in ourselves - yes, I know all about that tool for sure (But that is a topic best covered another day)
I suggest you do some serious thinking this weekend. There is merit in buying new tools or changing the tool to suit the job. It will broaden your thinking, motivate your decisions, change your attitude and open the intellect.
Wouldn’t it be more expedient to stop, gather our thoughts, decide on an action, and then proceed with determination, expecting the best to come out of the circumstances?
There are so many different tools that can be used to solve problems - What’s in your toolbox today?