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Prove this chair does not exist


A philosophy professor gave an unusual test to his class. He lifted his chair onto his desk and wrote on the board simply: "Prove this chair does not exist."


The class set to work, composing long complex explanations - except for one student, who took just thirty seconds to complete and hand in their paper, attracting surprised glances from classmates and the professor.


Some days later the class received their grades for the test. The student who took thirty seconds was judged the best. The student's answer was, "What chair?"


So you’ve got a problem. Every now and again, it can be useful to stop and ask yourself “what problem?” I’m not saying your Fairy Godmother will appear, waving her wand and fix everything. Instead, when you ask this, it gives you a chance to let your mind wander. Imagine that peace. The feeling of security and safety. Calm. When we’re in that place it’s easier to find solutions. Plus check in and see what the actual problem is.


Then we can start to imagine beyond the problem. Let’s face it, we’ve all been through some pretty tough times. They don’t last forever. Now you can start to connect with what it will be like when the problem is resolved. Giving a new perspective and something to move towards.


Then we can wave our own wand and fix everything. Finish the test. Walk out the door and get on with the things we enjoy.


Something to think about...

“Problems are like washing machines. They twist us, spin us and knock us around. But in the end, we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before.” - Unknown

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