There are often different ways to think about things. For example, there is a quote that says something along the lines of “when you’re ignoring people, you’re teaching them to live without you.” (I forget the author & the exact wording) This quote can be a good reminder to pay attention to those you love in your life, but also can be a good reminder of why you need to stay away from certain people. If someone is too dependent on you (such as in codependent relationships for example), they need to learn to live without you to count on.
Years ago, I read James 1:5 which says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (KJV) I decided to ask God for wisdom, & have done so many times since. God has not disappointed me. He has given me wisdom in whatever area I’ve asked for it, which has been a tremendous help.
Part of that wisdom, I think, is also being able to see things from various perspectives. That can be a tremendous help in solving problems.
Often, people tell me about their problems, & sometimes want my advice because I see things from a different perspective than they do. Flattering for sure, but that isn’t always necessary. Sometimes, people simply need to view things from a different angle. One thing I tell people is “What would you tell me if I came to you with this exact same problem?” It helps people to create their own solution by seeing the problem from a different angle.
If you are suffering with a problem today, Dear Reader, then I would encourage you to do two things. First & foremost, pray. Ask God to guide your actions, for wisdom & to provide you with anything else you need in this situation. Second, try looking at your problem from another angle. Imagine a friend came to you with this problem- what advice would you give?
I know this may sound simplistic, but I encourage you to give it a try. Such a simple approach has helped me figure many very difficult things out.