by LiveReal Agent Brad
There's this buddy of mine
with "problems." He loves talking about all his problems,
all the time.
The way I see it . . . he only has one problem:
he's an alcoholic.
But the way he sees it . .
. things are much more complicated: his wife is a problem, because
she's nagging him all the time (mainly about his drinking). His
boss is a problem, because he's always on his back about coming
in to work late, or missing work completely. His liver is a problem,
because it's bad. Money is a big problem, because there are a lot
of medical bills because of the liver. Doctors are constant problems,
because they're always telling him how unhealthy he (his liver)
And so on.
So in his mind . . . he has lots of problems
But the way I see it . . . he has only one: he's an alcoholic.
And if he would take care of that one problem . . . then the rest
of his problems might somehow get a lot better.
And maybe, in a way, I'm the
same as him.
I don't really think I'm an alcoholic. So, either I'm right about
this, or I'm in denial.
But maybe I'm the same as him in the sense that all my many problems
- big and small - can also be traced back to one source, the way
so many branches can be traced back to one trunk of the tree.
So, what is that one problem,
Maybe it's because, to be honest, I'm just not really too happy
(but is that a symptom, or the cause?) Maybe it's that, in the ultimate
sense, I don't really know who I am.
Maybe it's that I ultimately don't know why
I'm here. Or maybe it's just that I suffer
just like everybody else, and we all just have some minor variations
of the same tune.
- or maybe, these are all different ways of asking, or saying,
the same thing.
And if that's the case - that
all branches lead to one trunk, and that one trunk is the source
of all my problems . . .
- how do I chop down the trunk?
Maybe I should go get my ax . . .
But how do you chop down a tree . . . that you can't see . . .
that's inside you?
Maybe I should drink a beer and watch some t.v. instead . . .
Talk about it: