November 16

The Elegance of the Solution

November 16, 2016

Personal Growth

For many years I was a scientist—first as a high-temperature, high pressure chemist creating molecules never before seen, and then practicing the science of medicine and surgery. I discovered that often there were many solutions for a given problem, but usually the best solution was elegant, which meant that it was precise, neat, and simple. An elegant solution is easier to understand and is expressed in fewer words or steps.

With life’s problems, there are also solutions that are elegant. So many times people present me with problems that seem complicated—even insoluble—but there proves to be a solution that is surprisingly elegant. A few examples may serve to illuminate:

“What is the loving thing to do here?”
“Do you remember that I love you?”
“What are you afraid of?”
“If you remembered right now that God loves you, how would you feel?”
“Yes, your husband is a bit awkward and ignorant, but is he doing his best? Are you willing to love him and give him the safety and guidance he needs to learn and grow?”
“Will it work better to keep complaining about this person, or to be loving and offer whatever you can to improve your interaction with them?”

Problems will beset us all the days of our lives. Sometimes they will seem hopelessly complicated, but rarely is this so. The problem can usually be stated as a simple disharmony whose solution is then obvious and relatively simple. The best solutions tend to be elegant.

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