Are We Fixing or Creating Something New in Our Lives? by Pablo Giacopelli
By Pablo Giacopelli
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By Pablo Giacopelli
When we live a life that draws its energy and validation from the quality of our ongoing performance it is very likely that we will spend most, if not all of our time, fixing problems instead of creating something original and new.
A great example that shows the difference between these two approaches is what Apple did with the Mac. When the time came to create a Mac they didn't set out to improve or make a product that would somehow fix or get rid of the problems that the existing PC laptops in the market had. Instead, they sat down and aimed to create something that would give us an experience that no other PC laptop user ever had.
You see when we take the approach of fixing problems we will spend all of our lives fixing and never actually see anything of lasting substance created from all our efforts. As we fix one problem a new one will present itself to make sure this ongoing vicious circle remains present for the rest of our days.
On the other hand, when we choose to create something new we will begin to see problems not as another chance to fix it, but instead as an opportunity to learn something new and deeper about life and ourselves. As we choose to do this through each discovery we will be shown the next piece that will bring the picture we were meant to create through our lives a step closer to reality.
When we seek to create something we are living out of our "God-likeness" as God is not a problem fixer as much as he is a creator. We need to consider that those of us that find ourselves constantly fixing things are quite possibly because we are still trying to patch up our old lives, which we have not been able to let go.
Understand – A real and fulfilling life is not made up of a set of results that stem from successful fixes. Instead, it is created one step at a time by making the most of the opportunities and discoveries we are presented with.
Allowing God to undress us in the desert is not pleasant nor comfortable yet believe me when I tell you that what is uncovered once he does makes it well worth it. Below I would like to share with you some of the transformations I have been experiencing in my life during the last 14 years as I have roamed into some of the darkest and unhealthiest places within me. These changes have happened as I have accepted the grace to be able to shed the labels that I had come to identify my life with which were of course not true. The pain and the suffering in some of these areas was and still is at times very real yet the underlying message they led me to believe about myself was not.
Over the last 8 years I have written quite a bit. Obviously like everything in life I have progressed over time the more I have written. These days is easier to find ways of communicating what is in my heart, but if I am brutally honest I still struggle with the thought of not being as relevant and convincing as other authors are out there. Only the other day as I was meditating on this feeling I felt God whisper into my heart "Pablo keep it simple as it is not your relevance or ability that produces the results. That part is for me to take care of." I must admit that this took me by surprise as clearly coming from a background of high performance sports I am all for honing our skills on our way to mastering our craft.
We often hear people say that there are at crossroads in their lives. Like many of us, I too have often found myself in what seems like a T junction where one can only go one way or the other but no longer ahead. This way of describing a moment of decision has often added much unnecessary pressure as we assume that one way is right and the other, well it will lead our lives to the wrong place. As I have faced these moments over and over and in fact find myself in one at this very moment I have come to realize as I spend time contemplating that in this way of doing life we don't reach T junctions but instead roundabouts.