Solve your problems with this question

‘There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.’   Howard Thurman

The question is: If someone came to me with the same problem, what would I say to them?

We are often much wiser than we think. Jungian psychotherapist Clarissa Pinkola Estes uses the Spanish term ‘la que sabe’ to refer to that part of us that ‘knows’, the little voice that can tell us right from wrong if only we learn to speak its language.

Indeed, haven’t you noticed how much better you are at coming up with solutions when it is someone else’s problem? This is because you are less invested in the issues themselves, and can see matters more objectively.

 Use this technique on yourself: it really works. I use this question every day to help me solve problems. And to make the answers stick, I write them up as blog posts.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at