Up until this point, I had always thought that there were only two certainties in life…death and taxes. We all know that at some point, our turn will come and we always know that every year, in and around this time, we have to deal with paying our fair share of our hard-earned dollars to the public purse.
No one can escape these two realities of life. While many have tried to avoid paying taxes, more times than not, they wind up in the slammer waiting for the other reality of life to occur.
But I believe this nasty “dynamic duo” has a new member; one that we all seem to face in varying degrees on almost a daily basis; problems.
Problems are abundant…they are like an epidemic…they exist throughout the world and take ahold of us like “flies on poop”. They come in all shapes and sizes and degrees of intensity. Some of them are as simple as not being able to start your car in the morning and having to get it jumped to double-booking plans on a Saturday night and having to confront one of the commitments to tell them you screwed up without hurting their feelings. Other problems are much grander and harder to deal with such as struggling to make ends meet or dealing with being laid-off, or being diagnosed with a life-changing illness.
Problems are everywhere…unexpectedly stuck in traffic on your way to a very important meeting, having a big bbq party at your house and realizing right before your guests arrive that your tank is out of gas (happened to me!!).
What about classics like locking your keys in the car with the motor running or misplacing your wallet or cellphone? We just came back from a March Break getaway where my father, who was staying in a nearby condo with my mom, walked into the swimming pool with his Blackberry in his pocket? Huge problem!!
Has there ever been a day that went by where you weren’t dealing with some kind of problem? I don’t think I have. They sneak up on you when you least expect it and they don’t discriminate! You start your day off and things are moving along swimmingly, when all of a sudden, BOOM, you hit a problem and either have to overcome it right then and there or its the kind of problem that takes longer to resolve.
Last year, I was audited. Out of nowhere, I received a call from a quiet, soft spoken Revenue Canada witch, who turned my world upside down and back to front. That problem took several months to get through…probably added a few gray hairs along the way.
The only good thing about problems is that, for the most part, they end. The problem hits, it startles you, you work it through and then the problem is resolved. However, problems seem to keep coming…they never stop.
Sometimes they come in groups or other times, they come on their own.
While I begrudgingly acknowledge and accept the fact that death and taxes are inevitable, I now have to add problems to that list. However, as I continue to aspire to be the best “Enlightened Male” I can be, I know that while some problems can be prevented, others just come regardless and all I can do is breathe in and out and work the problem knowing that it will eventually end because problems are like paragraphs in the chapters of a book. Some paragraphs are shorter than others, but all are essential to the plot of the story being told.