Sunday, November 4, 2007


There are many ways to look at the word inconvenient. First is the conventional view of things that occur in a way that interferes with us reaching our goals or objectives. For some people kids are inconvenient, relationships are inconvenient, or any demand on their time not for their own purpose.

Perhaps there is a second way to use this term as it applies to life. If we were to start by saying that there is really only one true cast iron problem in life; that is death. Given that the only problem that can stop us is death then perhaps every other problem we have is merely inconvenient.

Yes it is inconvenient to be poor, disabled, homeless, uneducated, lacking skills, poor relationship skills, and a myriad of other issues that we may have to contend with just by living. Life is generally not a story book hero's quest that magically leads to the keys of the kingdom. Life is very inconvenient when it comes to our wishes and wants but it is only inconvenient and not a terminal condition.

However we can often treat inconveniences as if they spell an end to our dreams rather than showing us that we need to choose a different path to continue onwards. It is only a temporary setback unless we choose to make it permanent. It is a hurdle we need to jump rather than a wall we often make it.

Yes life is inconvenient but that is no excuse for us to stop striving.

Your thoughts?

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8 conversations:

Jennifer said...

Ohhh I use the inconvenient excuse sometimes... :-)

Thanks for this!


Peter Haslam said...

Me too Jen :)

Princess Haiku said...

Sometimes I lose perspective I guess...You are right about death being the only real deal breaker, Peter.

Peter Haslam said...

princess haiku it is a given that we lose perspective because of clinging to an idea. The task is to let go and refresh our perspective

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Reminds me of the fight or flight thing. Quit or fight your way through the inconvience. I choose to fight. Have a great day Peter. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Do you have a spare set of boxing gloves Sandee I could sure use them :)

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I didn't mean fight that way. You can sit and do nothing or you can embrace the inconvienance. No gloves needed. :)

Peter Haslam said...

I like the clarification Sandee :)