“Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.” – Niels Bohr
Daily Nugget of Gold 1419
The Daily Nugget of Gold isn’t intended a religious publication, but sometimes we like to use a thought from scripture as a starting point for our discussion. There is a Biblical phrase we rather like, Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”. That’s the more famous translation of it, but let’s see one in modern day language: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” It’s probably true that most people comprehend this verse this way- that if we pray for something, we are likely to receive it or something even more suitable- from God. We came here today to expand on that a little.
“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.” – Norman Vincent Peale
We don’t view this as strictly prayer advice, but rather as a way of life we should want to follow in order that we can become more successful. There are two major paths this idea can go in and we’ll look at both. One path is internal, the other, external. That’s based on which approach we take, but they both end up united in the form of results. Today we’re focusing just on the internal approach.
Internally, this means we think about what we want to do, inquiring within ourselves for answers. We can do this in an unorganized fashion and what we will yield is less spectacular in the way of results. How we make an organized effort is to sit down with pen and paper and write out what we want and then begin thinking of what we could do obtain it. We want to do this at a quiet time of the day, when we won’t likely be disturbed. We don’t need to overdo it, just 10 to 20 minutes at a time, but this is the only activity we want to engage in as we go about it.
As we begin, we wish to clear our minds of any worries or concerns, in fact, we want to lower the volume of thought in our minds to a minimum for at least a little while as we start. This is like getting a clean sheet of paper for the mind. By the way, speaking of that, you also need to have a clean sheet of paper to use. As we dwell upon what we desire, ideas will eventually flow. We want to sit still, be patient, and resist the temptations we have to adjust the room temperature, make the coffee, or whatever, as these ideas come in. Then as we receive them, we want to capture them- all of them- on paper. Even the dumb ones, the silly ones, and the crazy ideas, too- get them all written down.
The rule here is we don’t go much beyond 20 minutes daily, but we build this into a daily habit. By keeping this list, we are accumulating a wide range of approaches to what we should do, and later, when the time is right, we can pick one or more to do. For now, search within yourself for these answers, as the verse promises, they shall come. Our next discussion will zero in on seeking externally. See you then!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What are the benefits of looking for answers?”
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