What problem are we solving?

In a world filled with many conflicting outcomes per moment, a pointed focussing question is helpful. I learned this one: "What problem are we solving?"

And I started pointing that question at every situation where I felt confusion. Usually dropping it with a bit of a huff. Always with an energy of "now things will get better!"

It took me a long while to start asking this of myself: What problem am I solving, by pointedly wielding this question?

Wanting to appear clever and aware is the true answer. A more kind answer may be to create clarity for me.

Now I do this more often: I declare my confusion.

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