My father is an amazing guy. I absolutely adore and respect him. He is a wonderful leader, he's smart, brave, full of wisdom beyond his years (Yes I know that sounds silly but really he's always been wise).
He has several catch phrases. We hear this one around our house all the time.
"Dad can you open this pickle jar for me?"
*dad opens on the first try and says, "You just have to be smarter than the jar."
"Dad I can't get the lawn mower started."
"You just have to be smarter than the lawn mower."
"This phone is so messed up!"
"You just have to be smarter than the smart phone."
You get the idea.
I used to roll my eyes and huff and puff (we were all teen-agers at one point, right?) but as I got older, I found myself stuck in tricky situations without my dad there to help me, and that phrase would pop back into my head. I'd ponder and think on something, trying to get it worked out, and when I was about to give up, there it would be, in his voice: you just have to be smarter than the...
So what? Sometimes we can't just be smarter, Haley. Thanks for nothing.
You don't have to, though. You don't have to be smarter. You just need to be smarter than the problem. Look at it a different way. Look at the world through your problem's eyes.
Think about a step ladder. You are a rung up from the ground. The problem is at least a rung above that. You don't need to climb the ladder to the top, you just need to get one rung above the problem.
It's about baby steps. Looking at things from the other side. Perspective.
Keep your perspective.
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