I overslept this morning. I got to bed later than I wanted and forgot to set my alarm. I heard my husband’s alarm going off which woke me up! The last dream I remembered, I was walking the halls of the state capitol. I was with a man who was taking me to the governor. I was starting a new job there and I asked, “Do I need to help all these people get along?” That led me to think about the idea of having real solutions to problems.
Today, we have real challenges in our country and we need real solutions. Finding real solutions is not always easy and the solutions themselves are not always easy. They require some ownership of the problem. If you own the problem, you will likely feel some sense of guilt. You may start to ask yourself questions. It’s good to get some perspective at that point. Maybe you had some part in the issues, but you are probably not the only contributor. At that point, if the problem needs a bigger solution, then you need some joint agreement to develop the options. Once you create options, then you will begin to think of implementing the changes needed.
Let’s look at what might be a simple problem to change, healthy eating.
What I control:
- Weekly groceries
- What I pack for lunch
What I don’t control
- The candy staring at me in the checkout line!
- The portions of the food when I eat out…enough for a small family!
- The waiter who plunks down bread on the table…. I never met a carb I didn’t like!
- The size of the snack packages…can’t they just put one serving in a bag!
I could use a little help here. I think we need to ask ourselves these questions as it relates to the big problems too. What do I control, and with what do I need help? I can give myself some guidance, but I also will need some help from others.
So, here’s what I will do.
- I will make my own snack packages with one serving. I don’t need to wait for someone else to do that.
- I will ask waiters to ask me first if I want bread, and then I will say, “No thank you.”
- I can ask the stores, please put some low calories options in the checkout line. I am often hungry when I finish shopping, and it would help me to have a healthy choice.
Almost every problem can be broken down into what can I do, and what I need from someone else to help me get it done.
In our strategic plan, we affirmed our commitment to social responsibility. The essence of that commitment is to assure that we are reflecting, what we can do to make a difference, and in what ways can we help others. In return, what do we need from others?