How to Accept Your Problems

As a Dale Carnegie instructor, I would ask my students to take a 3×5 card and write down their three biggest most burdensome problems that are affecting their lives at that moment.

They were asked not to put their names on the card.

The cards were collected, shuffled and then re-distributed anonymously to the other students.

Once each person saw their card with someone else’s problems, they all asked for their own cards back.  Never was this not true – not even one time.

Even people who wrote down “I have cancer”, “my wife left me”, “I am unemployed and in debt” wanted their original troubles back compared to those of others.

This gives us clues to the answer on acceptance of life’s burdens.

Everyone has problems and comparing them to what they could be helps us to accept and act on the ones we already have.

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