Work the Problem

There’s a lot to worry about these days. So much is beyond my ability to influence. I reached a low point on Thursday night though I knew I shouldn’t wallow in it.

Friday morning when I awoke a scene from the movie Apollo 13 came back to me. At that moment in the space flight, the three astronauts were in deep trouble. Life support and electrical power were insufficient to get them home alive. In the midst of the panic and confusion, NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz (played by Ed Harris), told the room full of engineers and flight experts —

“Let’s work the problem people. Let’s not make things worse by guessing.”

Immediately the team got to work focusing on their areas of expertise, explored every system and developed a series of solutions that miraculously saved the astronauts lives.

So I took that on as my new mantra — Work the Problem. Learn all I can and take the steps I can to protect myself and others. And celebrate every day of life in spite of the circumstances. Exchange worry for work.

Peace, friend.

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