Somebody needs to do something about this problem!
I’ve heard that sentence so many times I could gag. Who is this elusive ‘somebody’ and what ‘something’ are they going to do?
I’ve heard ‘We need to talk to our legislators and demand that they do something.’ What is it you think they should do? Do you have the answers to give them? Or are you just going to stand on the Capitol steps and demand they ‘do something’?
How about if we look at each problem individually? What is the problem? Why is this a problem? What is causing the problem? What is/are the solution(s) to the problem? What steps need to be taken in order to solve that problem?
Is it that simple? No.
For most problems in life there are many problems causing the visible problem. Keep digging beneath the visible problem and find all the problems causing the visible problem. Then keep digging. What are the problems causing those problems? And what are the problems causing those problems?
We can’t solve the visible problem until we dig so far down that we find the roots of the problems. Then we have to tackle each of those roots individually.
Start with a focus group and a large white board. Write the visible problem in the center and put a circle around it. Then start brainstorming. At this stage in the planning don’t focus on solutions. Just focus on identifying the problems. Keep digging and digging and digging until you find the roots of each problem that is causing the problems that are causing the visible problem.
Then, find the solutions to the roots. Who is most qualified to tackle each of those roots? When you say it takes a village to solve a problem, you’re right. It takes a lot of people focusing on the one root for which they are most qualified.
It might take hundreds of people all tackling the same root, at the same time, in order to heal that root. Keep healing root after root after root until you suddenly look up and realize in solving the roots, you’ve solved the visible problems.
One more big suggestion, and you can start throwing your proverbial daggers at me. Let’s get on our knees, as a community, say on that beautiful football field we pay taxes for, and pray for our community, for our kids, for our schools, for our state, for our country, and dare I sound cliché when I say ‘for world peace.’
You can pray to whomever you think is listening. I personally believe that Heavenly Father is real. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior. He sent His Spirit, often referred to as the Holy Ghost, to be our comforter. God sends angels to help us here on this beautiful earth He created. Those angels are waiting for us to ask for their help. Let’s ask for help!
Would it hurt anything, or anyone, for us to pray together as a community? If anyone doesn’t want to come and pray with us, they can stay home. But could it help? We don’t know until we try. I, for one, am willing to try. I have faith that a whole community on their knees, uniting in prayer, will get God’s attention.
Get on your knees as if it’s all in God’s hands, then stand up and go to work as if it’s all in your hands. Find your roots and go heal them!