Solutions, Solutions

Where did this word Solution come from?
What are Solutions to us the ordinary people?
Who came up with solutions in the first place?
What on earth does the word Solutions mean?

WHY do we need solutions in our world?

Definition of Solution

Means of solving a problem.
The correct answer to a puzzle.
Products or services designed to meet a particular need.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary (1)

The answer to a problem.
Cambridge English Dictionary (2)

A specific answer to or way of answering a problem.
The act or process of solving a problem.

Collins Dictionary – British (3)

The act, method or process of solving a problem.
The answer to a problem.
An explanation, clarification, etc.

Collins Dictionary – American (3)

Google tells us –
A means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation.

Word Origin of ‘solution’
C14: from Latin solution, an unloosing, from solutus; see SOLUTE.

Collins Dictionary (3)

Would it be true to say that as a world we do not have a one-unified definition of this word and so that in itself tells us we are not united about what Solution means?

Is this the first problem that we have?

Is this unclear interpretation of a word giving us a problem?

Is it time to undo the current way of thinking and find another way?

Is this the puzzle we all need to solve first – unite on words and get to the TRUTH?

How can we have clarification from one dictionary but something else in another?

WHY have we got one word that is confusing us with its meaning?

WHY has our current Intelligence not worked out how to keep words the same?

WHY have we deviated and digressed from the origin of this word?

Could it be possible that by having all these different versions of one word, it leaves out the TRUE MEANING of the word and its very essence?

Simple Living Global
Living with a daily tension inside our body and finding solutions to function and cope with life, is not our natural way of living. (4)

What if we just stopped and pressed the pause button for a moment to re-read this bit of wisdom again?

What if we just simply join the dots and put our common sense hat on?

What if our current way of operating in daily life is driving us away from our natural way of being?

What if finding solutions just to cope and function in life is actually making us ill?

What if the next solution is simply not enough as we have so many problems that we want fixing right now?

What if there was another way?

What if our priority in life needs to be addressed?

What if solutions were never designed to get us to the root issue?

What if solutions only work as a temporary answer but the rot remains underneath bubbling up soon after?

What if solutions stop us from seeing more that needs to be seen?

WHY do we need solutions to function in life?

WHY do we need a strategy to cope with life?

WHY do we need to fix something?
WHY do we find new ways as a solution?
WHY do we spend so much time on finding solutions?

WHY are we trying so hard to solve things?
WHY are solutions out of date so quickly?
WHY are we busy funding research for more solutions?

WHY have we made our world all about solutions?
WHY are we busy creating more and more solutions?
WHY is our world so dependent now on solutions?

WHY do we need products to prop us up?
WHY do we need services as a solution?
WHY do we need the next app as a solution?
WHY do we need a repair kit for every problem?

WHY do we need a way out from our dilemmas?

WHY is the current Intelligence of today not willing to look at the core issue to the problems we have created?

WHY do we demand even more solutions, when in Truth we all know that they are just great band-aids to all the problems we have created?

WHY do we have companies designed to give us solutions?

WHY are people employed and paid heaps of money just to come up with solutions to our man-made issues?

WHY are our pharmaceutical companies making billions by giving us solutions to our ills?

WHY are we giving funding to researchers to come up with solutions but not asking them to find out the root cause?

WHY are our corporations and other organisations reliant on solutions to function in the business world?

WHY are we so busy trying to keep ahead by working on the next solution when it comes to crime?

WHY are solutions underpinning our world today to keep it going?

WHY are we allowing and accepting solutions as a way to live?

WHY are we hell bent on finding our next solution for our ever-changing world which is always moving?

WHY are we always one step behind our self-made creations that rob society of Truth?

WHY are we looking for a solution to keep relationships safe?

WHY are we looking for solutions to keep our kids entertained?

WHY are we looking for solutions to keep the status quo at home?

WHY are we looking for people who are great at finding solutions?

WHY are we looking for solutions in our workplace to look good?

WHY are we looking for solutions to make more money for our business?

WHY are we looking for solutions to fix our health issues?

WHY are solutions not working for us?

WHY are solutions short changing us?

WHY are we asking for solutions in the first place?

WHY are solutions often seen as a band aid to a bullet wound?

WHY are we looking for solutions to avoid dealing with the real issue?

WHY do we avoid looking at the root cause of what is not working?
WHY do we negate the obvious when something is not working?
WHY do we choose the fast option with a solution?
WHY do we grab a solution to keep us going?
WHY do we like solutions to cover up the mess we have created?
WHY do we always know solutions never work in the long-term?

WHY do solutions feel like they are short term repairs?
WHY do solutions leave us feeling empty inside?
WHY do solutions leave us feeling like they are not enough?
WHY do solutions feel like they only cover the cracks?
WHY do solutions feel like something is missing?

WHY do solutions get us excited like we won the jackpot?
WHY do solutions make us believe we have solved the issue?
WHY do solutions always leave us wanting more solutions?
WHY do we have this insatiable need for more solutions?

WHY are solutions distracting us from the Truth?
WHY are solutions a way of diverting us from the Truth?
WHY are solutions that we keep coming up with, simply not cutting it?

WHY have we become a world that is so reliant on solutions?

WHY are we looking for solutions to our every growing problems?

WHY are our systems relying on solutions?
WHY are our governments looking for the next solution?
WHY are we seeking solutions for anything and everything?
WHY are solutions simply not working, if we are honest?

A great example is our Sleep issues –
We have not nailed it when it comes to our sleep and we spend heaps of time and money trying to fix it with every solution we can find.

WHY are we not interested in finding out why we have a sleep problem in the first place?

WHY are we going for the easy option of some solution to sort us out?

WHY are solutions for our own created problems, so easy to access?

The global sleep aids market is a multi-billion-dollar industry on the rise. (5)

Is this confirmation that we are reliant solely on solutions to get us to where we want to go, without taking any Responsibility for how we are choosing to live, that may be contributing to the ill in the first place?

Dear World,

What if our solutions-based world is upside down and not supporting us to evolve as a race of beings?

Could it be possible that we all just want solutions to get us through the problem?

Could it be possible that we do not want to find out the root cause of why we created the problem in the first place?

Could it be possible that we do not want to take Responsibility for the choices we are making as an individual every day?

Could it be possible that our plans to avoid, negate, ignore and side step away from what is really going on every day is not going to get sorted with the next solution we have come up with?

Could it be possible that relying on solutions disempowers us from getting to the root of what is actually going on?

Could it be possible that our personal life is full of band-aids of all sizes, which we call solutions?

Could that be the reason we seek even more solutions in our workplace?

Could this be WHY we keep seeing new solutions in all our systems?

Could this be the reason why our Governments are all about SOLUTIONS?

Could this be WHY we have the world we currently have, because we are all living with solutions everywhere and the cracks are now showing in society?

References

(1) Concise Oxford English Dictionary – Twelfth Edition. Oxford University Press. 2011

(2) (n.d). Cambridge Dictionary. Retrieved November 14, 2017 from
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/solution

(3) (n.d). Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved November 14, 2017 from
https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/solution

(4) (2017). About Simple Living Global. www.simplelivingglobal.com. Retrieved November 14, 2017 from
https://simplelivingglobal.com/about/

(5) (2015, July 31). Global Sleep Aids Market Will Reach US $80.8 Bn by 2020: Persistence Market Research. GlobeNewswire. Retrieved November 20, 2017 from
https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/07/31/756724/10144080/en/Global-Sleep-Aids-Market-Will-Reach-US-80-8-Bn-by-2020-Persistence-Market-Research.html

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  1. To me solutions are short term answers to problems. Looking at what is happening, ignoring the cause of what is happening.
    More of a reaction rather than a response.

    So are we reacting or responding to the steadily rising rates of disease, violence, and addiction in the world?
    Are we missing something?

    10 years ago I asked this question, “I feel like I am missing something! I want to know whats going on!” I had lived a life that society would have considered successful in many ways yet I was incredibly exhausted, could barely walk up stairs and doctors could not find anything wrong with me.

    By asking this question and really meaning it, I found Simple Living Global.

    Simple Living Global presented to me the concept of going deeper into a problem, understanding that everything happens for a reason, and if you are open to it, every problem can be an opportunity. Understanding this has allowed me to look at what is happening in my life as important information, feedback rather then just something annoying to deal with.

    Are solutions just a way to avoid a message being delivered?
    A message we do not want to hear because it exposes our role in what is happening in the world?

  2. Wow, the band-aid life, hey?

    I have to admit, I love solutions. I’m really good at them.

    But I’m learning to look beyond this.

    For example, my husband was recently sharing a revelation he had come to about his work. There were a bunch of ‘what can you do about its’ in my head, but they didn’t feel right. What he was sharing was huge and it needed space.

    This jumping-in-to-fix-it thing is so familiar and might make us feel good or empowered – like “great, I’m doing something about it” – but, reflecting on it, how many times does that really come from a place of full understanding?

    And without understanding, will we really go anywhere, or just feel like we are?

  3. I had an experience yesterday that showed me how time pressure plays into this solutions business.

    Working in a group, we had a goal of coming to consensus on something before moving on to another topic. Some felt they had grasped what was needed and wanted to move on. One person had not grasped it and brought the discussion back to the basics. They summarised what they had heard and asked for confirmation. They encouraged the sharing of more examples

    That act of bringing it back to basics unlocked the next stage for everyone. We all got to greater clarity. Our understanding was deeper. No one was left behind.

    From there we were able to get to true understanding. Together. And then move forward.

    What if this is part of the problem with solutions? A desire to move on or act before it’s time. With only perceived or shallow understanding or before the whole group is ready.

    What if the person who is slower to understand is actually the one who unlocks the true way forward, rather than holding back the group?

    If so, this brings a whole other dimension to problem solving and the power of working together as a group.

  4. When I look back, my life was full of solutions. Be it through the spiritual world which was a big part of my life, lying awake for hours worrying about an outcome that I needed for a situation. The list was endless.

    My endless solutions were merely a distraction to what was really going on in my life. I just did not want to go there at all and admit my life was one big drain. That was until the author of this blog showed me there was a different way to live.

    What I do know is when we are constantly looking for solutions we forget to take a step back and Feel and Reflect on the situation as opposed to Reacting and trying to find an answer. Quite often that Answer is not the outcome that is needed.

    A spot on blog.

  5. The world we have created is incredibly complex. There is basically so much information out there, you can have any outcome you want, because there are facts out there to back you up. That makes no sense. How are we making smart choices, when we are relying on this system to guide us?

    These Blogs that Simple Living Global have presented, show that the world, we have created, using this way of solving problems, is not working. It is time to to something different.

    Simple Living Global is presenting a way of living that has supported me to begin to re-connect to a form of intelligence that we all have and have all used at some point in our lives. This intelligence is available to everyone and is how we will come up with true solutions to our worlds problems.

  6. “There is basically so much information out there, you can have any outcome you want, because there are facts out there to back you up.”

    This feels very convenient, Ken – the complexity and excess and seeming-solutions make it easy to hide.

    … To hide from the simple truth. Hide from responsibility. Hide from our natural intelligence and knowing.

    I agree it is time for something different. And this website has opened the door wide for us to step in to that.

  7. Science is very good at creating a formula to solve problems.

    They look at all the variables, plug all the input into the formula and the answer appears.

    The problem is that our world is so complex that you can not take into account all the factors that affect a problem.

    Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principal, presents the concept [in 1927] that the person doing an experiment has an effect on the outcome. Or that just observing an experiment has an effect on it.

    So has our world taken in to consideration this concept when it makes decisions?

    How can we trust the information that we have available, when it can be affected by the state of the person that generated it?

    Simple Living Global is presenting the possibility that how we live our lives has a huge impact on what we bring to the world.

    Is this what we have been missing ?

  8. ‘WHY are solutions distracting us from the Truth?’

    I feel we seek solutions because it is convenient, comfortable, so we don’t have to be responsible for the Truth of why we need the solution in the first place.

  9. Fantastic Blog!

    I think that solutions in my case come from always trying to fix things and needing an answer to things that may never have a solution and making sure everyone is happy and keeping peace with all involved. I always feel this way more with my work than other places. I need to fix things or help my patients/family feel better about their problems when it’s not my stuff but I take it on.

    Recently I found myself doing this and putting a lot of energy into work cases and it was to the detriment to my own body!

    I was recently given a reminder by the author of this blog about taking on other peoples stuff – another wake up call to look at my choices!

    Great blog to refocus for myself to look at this need for solutions in all aspects of my life!

  10. An article in the MailOnline, 12th August 2017, talks about how “GP’s are banned from sending patients to hospital unless a panel of other doctors agree.”

    • Pilot scheme has been rolled out across two health trusts in north east England
    • GP’s must submit each referral to a panel of doctors before a decision is made
    • Cases will be returned to GP’s if they are deemed inappropriate by the panel

    The controversial scheme covers all non-urgent referrals – including requests for hip and knee surgery, cataract removal as well as x-rays and scans.

    GP’s must submit each referral to a panel of doctors who will consider whether the procedure is both necessary and cost effective.

    Any case which is deemed inappropriate, is sent back to the GP and the patient refused treatment.

    The pilot has been rolled out across two health trusts in north east England which collectively serve 300,000 patients. Managers claim the measures will ease the pressure on local hospitals while ensuring NHS resources are spent wisely.

    But senior GP’s say the scheme is unsafe and will lead to vital referrals being delayed or rejected. Patients sent for non-urgent scans can later be found to have cancer, heart disease or other life-threatening conditions.

    The doctors on these panels have no knowledge of the patient and will not have access to their medical notes. Each case will be assessed over two days before being either approved or sent back to the GP with a suggestion of other treatments.

    Although GP’s will be able to appeal, this will only add to the delay.

    The chairman of the Royal College of GP’s said the scheme raised ‘patient safety concerns’.

    She also says: “Referral management systems are usually well intended, but we need to see evidence that they are cost effective for the NHS and that they are benefitting patients before we roll them out widely. Unfortunately, in many cases, the evidence is lacking.”

    The Labour MP for Darlington said: “It seems extraordinary that experienced professionals are being told to use this system when their role is to use their own judgment. I’m not aware that there has been any huge issues with GP’s making inappropriate referrals. If there is evidence of that, the right thing to do is have a dialogue with GP’s.”

    A Darlington GP and professor at Durham University said: “We are all being pressured to reduce spending in the NHS and that’s the reason behind this – for every referral we make, there is a charge. Those deciding will not have access to patients notes, they will get a letter, check it against guidelines and either send it on as requested or send it back – that will cause a delay in the referral and for the patient. This is just one of the many things that are happening where healthcare is being rationed by the backdoor.”

    The NHS is facing an unprecedented level of demand and hospitals and health trusts have been instructed to rein-in their spending.

    The NHS has a budget of £130billion across the UK and this still isn’t enough.

    Of course the NHS needs to save money and cutting costs is an obvious way to go but is this scheme the ‘right’ way to go?

    GP’s know their patients – is it possible that this scheme will create unnecessary risks to patients?

    When you have a panel, created specifically to make decisions that are based on saving money, can we be assured that the patient’s needs are foremost or will the fiscal element take priority?

    Is it possible that this scheme will create more red tape bureaucracy, which in turn will create more work?

    Is it possible that this scheme will create more expense for the NHS?

    How much does a scheme like this cost the NHS in terms of time, money and resources?

    Is this just another ‘solution’ to avoid looking at the root cause as to why the NHS is in such a financial mess?

    1. I had no idea about this, Tim, thank you for sharing it.

      You can see from this example how easy it is to come up with solutions like this. They certainly seem more manageable than dealing with the real problem – the off-the-chart and ever-increasing illness and disease statistics that are overloading our health system.

      So we busy ourselves with implementing a ‘solution’ and cross our fingers.

      Except, not only do these solutions not solve the real problem, they can also cause their own problems – such as in this case, it sounds like there is complexity, delay, increased workload and a degradation of trust in and within our health professionals.

  11. I love this blog. I recently came to my own understanding through reading this blog that we create solutions in our head and they can just sit there for days, months and even years without us even being aware of it. Like a merry go round, they go round and round to the point that the solution/s (which more than likely did not need to be one in the first instance) become a big problem in our life. Then Life gets complicated and we project that out to the world and it is everyone else problem. Crazy given that it is us that created it in the first place.

    This blog is a great reminder that Life can be Simple and there is no need to create solutions if we stay connected to ourself.

  12. If we are looking for solutions outside of our self, it is very easy to ignore what it is our bodies are communicating to us all the time.

    Our bodies are incredibly complex things that are constantly observing what is going on around and inside us, and then making choices to keep us on track, physically and emotionally.

    This is the intelligence that we need to reconnect to. It is an intelligence we have always had. An intelligence that can take into account everything that is going on and make a true decision of what to do,no matter how crazy the world is.

    Are our own bodies the solution to all our problems?

  13. I have come to realise that we just keep coming up with solutions for everything and it never seems to stop.

    What is it about us humans that say we are the most Intelligent species on earth and then find ways to function, but never once stop to ask the question –
    WHY on earth do we need a solution for this?

    A classic example is something I recently came across about baby chairs and baby walkers fitted with the thing to hold a tablet to entertain our young children.
    I then hear about it in my community, where apparently it is a solution, as the baby is kept quiet and mum can get on with her social media and dad is doing Internet porn and pot smoking, so everyone gets to do what they want.

    I had a mother of 3 recently share that her young two year old is having eye problems and difficulty focussing. My question, was does it have something to do with being put in front of a screen every single day during most of the waking time of this toddler?

    Is screen time the way to go for our youngsters and are we really doing them any favours in the long term?

    Is this solution causing problems and something we need to address by going to the root cause or are we happy subscribing to more and more solutions to fix what we do not really want to take responsibility for?

  14. When we give food and money to people that we feel need help, are we really helping, or is it just a quick and easy solution to a problem?

    I was walking along a very public path beside a lake, and there was a flock of Canada geese standing by the path waiting to be fed by people.

    I have grown up with the sound of migrating geese, announcing the beginning of winter and then in the spring, coming home to nest. They are a very majestic bird, that is known for its intelligence and beauty. They have been a symbol of wildness and freedom to me.

    It brought up feelings of sadness, watching this amazing creature, reduced to being fed bread crumbs. I could actually feel the loss of vitality in the bird. The numbness. The deadness in its eyes.

    It is well known fact that feeding wildlife totally disrupts their natural ability to live.

    Why have we not taken this knowledge to heart and asked ourselves, are we really helping someone when we give them charity or are we just allowing them to stay stuck where they are?

  15. When we perceive something as a problem, is that when we want to fix it fast so it will go away and we can get on with life?

    Is it possible that if we can look at the big picture and be open to going deeper when something happens, it may allow us to see a problem as an opportunity to evolve?

    When my children were school age and I was supporting them to get ready for school, there were many days when they missed the bus or forgot their lunch.

    I would then drive them to school or bring them their lunch. It was a simple way to solve a problem. But what is my role as a parent? Make sure they get to school and have a lunch, or support them to take responsibility for their life?

    So is it possible that allowing my children to walk to school or to go hungry for one day is a more real solution to the ‘problem’?

  16. I observe in the NHS for instance how issues rise in the way the NHS is organised or services are developed and NHS managers are super fast at coming up with solutions and implementing them. Whilst in the short term these solutions can work, over the years I observe that some of the issues return again and again, and need to be ‘solved’ or ‘fixed’ again and again, yet never having sustainable outcomes.

    So what if sometimes as this blog highlights, we need to pause and ask what is actually going on, what is the root of this ‘issue’ before we jump to solutions?

  17. I saw an advert the other day on a billboard – it said ‘Are you busy and having to have food on the run? do you get indigestion? take XXX to relieve your indigestion’. In other words, we know we can be busy, eat while on the go and we can get indigestion, and the pharmaceutical company then recommends taking a solution/fix to remedy the indigestion – but… is it not better for us to take a moment to stop while we eat, allow a moment to digest, and get on with our day? and thus cutting out the need to ‘fix’ or solve the indigestion?

    Sometimes I see ‘solutions’s and ‘fixes’ that treat things when we can live in a way that means we actually don’t need to fix or find a solution.

  18. Where did we learn about how to deal with situations in life? How to find answers?

    When we were two years old were we thinking about what we needed to do? Or did we just know, in any situation and just did it. If it worked, great, if not we did something else until we got the desired result. Simple.

    When I went to school and learned things that I was supposed to know in order to live in the world, [this is what I was told the reason was I was going to school], did I start to question my own knowing of how life was? Was this the start of doubting my own inner wisdom?

    Was this the beginning of learning how to solve problems by looking outside of myself for answers?

    Observe a young child, do they have any doubt about what they need to do? They have a sense of self that carries them, knowing they are ok no matter what happens.

    When we can stay with ourselves, there are no problems, just new experiences in life. Miracles that enrich our life, and support us to evolve.

  19. That is really shocking Bina baby chairs fitted with a tablet holder. What has this world amounted to that we are setting up our future generation with screens. Are we saying the solution is to stick children in front of screens because it is the easy option.

    I was recently at a friends house for dinner and what I loved about it was she does not allow tablets or phones at the table. Her teenagers have a set amount of time allowed on their gadgets and she collects them and locks them away before they go to bed. No distractions and they communicate face to face.

  20. https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/01/09/too-much-work-travel-increased-anxiety-sleephealth-problems/130993.html

    A new study from researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and City University of New York have published results online in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    In brief –
    People who travel for business two weeks or more a month report more symptoms of anxiety and depression and are more likely to smoke, be sedentary and report trouble sleeping, than those who travel one to six nights a month.

    Also those who consume alcohol, extensive business travel is associated with symptoms of alcohol dependence.

    Investigators found a link between poor behavioural and mental health outcomes and number of nights away from home.

    WHY is there ‘growing literature showing that extensive business travel is associated with risk of chronic diseases associated with lifestyle factors’?

    It would be true to say that business travel is for the bigwigs, the kingpins of a global organisation and so they have BIG decisions to make and what they do and say will surely have an impact on what their company services or products are.
    This means we the consumers and customers get their quality passed down to us.

    Re-reading what this study is outlining, are we ready to start asking some questions?

    WHY are business travellers having all these signs with their mind and body?
    WHY are we not able to join the dots and see that this clearly is not working?
    WHY are we happy to wait for more scientific evidence to tell us what we know now?
    WHY are these time zone differences having such a big impact on our health?
    WHY are they drinking more alcohol and is this linked to the long hours of travelling?
    WHY are we not seeing the larger global impact of how their decision making may affect everything?

    Could it be possible that the lifestyle choices in daily life are not supporting them to travel for business as often as they need to?

    Could it be possible that placing work as priority is affecting all other areas of life that need equal focus and attention?

    Could it be possible that business travellers are not equipped to deal with these journeys, as their priority in daily life is not building a strong sleep rhythm or asking questions like why they feel Anxiety?

    Could it be possible that because business travelling employees are making medical claims for psychological disorders related to stress, there is something more that needs to be addressed?
    In other words, where did all this start, how, why and when?

    Could it be possible that whilst travelling all over the world is easier now than ever before, our bodies are not equipped to deal with excess travel in a short space of time, consistently?

    Could it be possible we need to look at the bigger picture and that means asking WHAT IS THE QUALITY of any decision made in business if the person has any of the above symptoms, due to excess travelling?

    Our businesses are designed to come up with SOLUTIONS but are solutions for this going to work in the long-term or is there more here we need to start discussing?

  21. BBC news – 12 March 2018

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43245138

    Norway has now applied a higher rate sugar tax and border shopping has taken off just a few hundred metres inside Sweden.

    This is attractive to many people as there is no sugar tax and goods are generally cheaper because of EU customs arrangements.

    These border supermarkets are popular excursions and their popularity is confirming why a 32,000 square feet shop full of sweets and chocolate is needed.

    What is interesting is the sugar tax in Norway was never intended to influence the health of the nation.

    This in itself confirms it was never about the people, for the people or on behalf of the people at the beginning.

    However, not everyone from Norway is going to candyland on the border and 1 in 6 children are overweight and this figure has remained stable. Currently in the UK 1 in 3 children are overweight.

    Dear World

    Can we agree that if there is a demand then the suppliers are going to be there?

    In this case, people want to get their sugar supplies and as this video link shows on this news story, they will travel as it is ‘cheaper’, to get what they want.

    Are we clever when we find a solution to keep going without questioning WHY?

    What is the Intelligence that drives us to do something that most of us know is harmfull?

    Are our governments doing enough or do we need to start with WHY we need sugar in the first place, which is a poisonous substance for our human body?

    Reading this blog it is clear we will create ways to get what we want and we call that solutions.

    But are solutions the real answer and do they actually evolve us as a race of beings?

  22. Thank you for this absolutely superb blog.

    As I now look back over my use of solutions in my life I can clearly see that, for me, solutions have been fixes without responsibility.

    For instance, there was a time about 15 years ago when I was sinking financially under a burden of credit card debt. It was a very stressful time for me as I felt overwhelmed by the situation and I lived in near constant-dread of calls from creditors chasing me.

    I was constantly trying to figure out a way to find a solution, for the problems to go away.

    One day, I was talking to a friend of mine and I mentioned my financial plight and, to my surprise, he offered to lend me a substantial sum of money to pay off much of my debt. So, to my immense relief, I finally had a solution.

    But this solution was only actually more of the same because I was borrowing money to pay the debts created by borrowing money.

    At no point through this episode did I sincerely attempt to take responsibility for the financial situation I had created. I didn’t want to look at why I was living beyond my means, nor did I want to take responsibility for the financial lack in my life or examine my inability to generate an income that I could live on.

    So, having created the debt, I was looking for a solution – a fix without responsibility – because at, the time, taking responsibility seemed too difficult, too unpleasant and too ugly.

    This was a short-sighted mistake, of course, because it is only through taking responsibility for our thoughts, beliefs, actions, behaviour and way of living everyday that we can really clean up the messes that we sometimes make in life.

  23. I have spent many years in different meetings in various organisations discussing how we can resolve problems that have come up and one thing that is now clear to me is that looking for solutions is not the answer.

    Solutions are just a sticking plaster over the situation. We never get to the root cause and whilst we are looking for solutions, in truth nothing will change.

    What if the way that we live determines what happens in life and that includes what happens in organisations?

    What if the way that each individual person lives in their ‘private’ life matters and affects their productivity and the way that things flow in work environments?

    We all do matter and what we bring with us to work is not just our physical presence and our technical skill and knowledge, but EVERYTHING that we live outside of the workplace and so if we are living in disregard and abuse at home, how can we expect our work environments to then be healthy for ourselves and also for others?

    Is the answer, rather than the solution to start looking at ourselves first?

  24. The Week – Issue 1171 dated 14 April 2018

    Title – Bag charge is working

    The number of plastic bags littering British seas has fallen sharply, which suggests that making retailers charge for them is working.

    The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science analysed 2,500 research trawlers carried out around the UK in the past 25 years.

    One of the findings highlights the fact that bags are only part of the problem.

    There has been no change in the volume of plastic bottles and food packaging brought up in trawls and the amount of debris from fishing boats has increased.

    Hello – is this telling us something?

    What sort of people are we that a few pence means we are willing to change?

    What is it about our relationship with money that if something, like a grocery store plastic bag is no longer free, we change our way?

    WHY do we seem to make a radical shift where money is involved even if it is 5 pence?

    Next – are our solutions working and can we honestly say we are on the front foot?

    Has our government and the policymakers got it right or is there more that we have yet to address, like our irresponsible way of living?

    Our seas are now showing us the careless way in which we deal with everything when it comes to discarding what we no longer want.

    How many of us bother to pay any attention to recycling or what our containers are made of?

    How many of us are willing to pay for another way that no longer harms marine life?

    How many of us have ever thought that we are polluting our planet not just with plastic, but with our undealt with emotions?

    Is this just a ‘way too much in your face’ question or is it what is needed now?

    Are we ready to truly consider how much harm we are putting on our planet if our lifestyle is full of disregarding choices day in and day out?

    In other words, how on earth can we think about this planet we live on when we really do not give a toss about anyone or anything, as long as we get what we want out of life and nothing gets in the way to rock our boat?

    Is this the upfront raw and real ‘in your face’ expression that we all need now, to see the change we know is needed to get us out of this mess that we have all created?

    No point blaming as we are all responsible.

    Solutions are not the answer. Calling each of us to RESPONSIBILITY is the answer.

    This website is dedicated to this call and a confirmation of this is that we are not a popular hit with the world right now.

    Scholars of the future will one day realise what on earth Simple Living Global were doing back in the early 21st century, when very few were ready to walk the steps of RESPONSIBILITY in EVERY area of life, leaving no stone unturned.

    They were leading the way – in other words living the future now.

  25. We have really Lost the Plot. The more I read and see in our world the more I agree. We seem to be forever searching for solutions rather than enquiring into the root cause of why things have occurred.

    I read a recent news story where a mother had the names of her children tattoed onto her arm. The tattooist made a spelling error with one of the children’s names so the solution was for the parent to change the child’s name.

    One thing I do know is that whenever something happens, no matter how small or even if it seems to be an accident, there is more to understand as to why it has occurred, but if we keep accepting solutions we will never get to the more and the root cause.

  26. I spent decades seeking solution/s which only created complications, a lot of anxiety and controlling behaviour.
    I thought if I could control everything around me it gave me answers to what I thought I wanted. This was not the case and it took a long time to realise this.

    The world appears to create solutions and answers for everything – when sometimes taking a step back and allowing things to take its natural course is enough.

  27. Reading about the national health service in the UK and it’s move towards more technology for patient care, I was surprised to read about the prospect of ‘bedside robots assisting with meals, transport and mobility…’
    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/nhs-70-birthday-technology-automation-robots-ai-data-mining-a8428346.html

    Other suggestions are –

    Fully automated assessment or “triage” of patients

    Mobile apps to help patients track changes in their health and respond appropriately, as they are bringing quicker treatment and lower costs

    Biosensors allowing remote monitoring of patients at home

    Systems that alert clinical staff when a patient’s health is deteriorating

    ‘Tilt to Tech’ is the term being used.

    Is this move really happening to improve patient care?

    Could it be possible that our health service is so overstretched and as a result does not have the resources and is not equipped to deal with the rising demand and these solutions are being sought as a way to manage the situation?

    Can a robot ever replace the genuine care of another human being?

    Can any system truly alert clinical staff to a patient’s deteriorating health?

    I don’t work for the health service but I do work in a statutory service where we are required by law to see if we have a responsibility to house someone.

    I have interviewed thousands of clients over the last ten years and I know that I pick up on things when interviewing clients that may not be written on paper or that they may not tell me, but my senses and experience detect something and as a result by asking the right questions I am never proven wrong.

    I know that there is no computer system in the world that can replace that level of detail and sensitivity.

    What if we were honest in saying that we cannot cope with what is happening and we do not have the answers?

    Collectively would this enable us to think outside of the box and thus consider the root cause rather than seeking more solutions?

    Is it more money that is needed or a different way?

  28. Daily Mail – 14 July 2018

    Britain’s skies are now becoming gridlocked.

    The number of flights in and out of British airports has soared by as much as up to 40% in just 5 years, as a result it is driving up pollution.

    In 2017 there were 2.32 million flights in and out of the UK – that is 231,256 more than in 2012.

    Heathrow airport hopes to run an extra 260,000 flights a year, if it manages to build its third runway as planned by 2026.

    Yet another solution – we already have gridlocked airways and rising pollution, but rather than look at why this is happening we seem to insist on finding a way to get more flights in and out.

    When we book a flight do we ever really consider the purpose?

    Is it for self, business, to support another and all in all – is it needed?

    I have a dear friend who is a great inspiration as she never books a flight or travels on an aeroplane unless there is purpose and the purpose being to support another.

    Why this comes to mind is that I know that she is not adding to the air pollution or any other problems our increased air travel is creating, as her trips are for the benefit of all.

    How many of us can honestly say this?

    What if we all considered the way that we use air travel and the reasons behind it?

    Would that movement alone start to change the rising pollution levels?

  29. Thank you for this totally essential and utterly marvellous blog.

    I used to be a great believer in solutions and frequently looked for solutions in books.

    In my twenties and thirties, I bought countless books in the hope of finding a solution for what I perceived to be problems in my life at that time.

    I bought books on how to make money, invest in property, get out of debt, start a business, be a better sales person, find a girlfriend, set and achieve goals, be a better communicator, get fit, discover my purpose in life and be more confident.

    These books offered solutions in the form of visualisation exercises, hypnosis scripts, scripts to learn off by heart, rules to follow, goals to internalise through repetition and steps to take each day that would solve my problem.

    I tried the solutions offered in many of these books. Sometimes for hours, sometimes for months. None of it ever worked.

    But, if at least I was working on a solution in one of these books, I told myself there was hope and that sliver of hope helped get me through day.

    Later, I came to the conclusion that the solutions offered in self help books didn’t work for me so I stopped buying those kind of books.

    Since then, I have come to realise that solutions don’t work for me. What does work, however, is taking responsibility for my choices and making changes in the way I live every day.

  30. The Guardian – 6 October 2018

    A supermarket in the UK is offering a service that gives drivers access to customers’ homes to unpack groceries while they are out.

    It is testing the demand after it has been proved popular in the US and Scandinavia.

    The customer needs a lock technology, which allows a temporary access code that goes to the supermarket via a secure app. Then the code goes to the delivery driver at the time of arrival and it gets deleted once the job is complete.

    The task is to put the goods in the freezer and refrigerator and leave other groceries on the kitchen counter or as instructed by the customer. In addition, the driver wears a chest-camera and the video is available to the customer the next day.

    What is this telling us and why do we need this type of service?

    WHY are we constantly looking for more and more solutions and how is this going to end up in the long-term?

    Is this going to be a safe and secure option or will it somehow be exploited?

    Are people going to feel ok about a stranger entering their home when they are out?

    Are we going to spend time worrying about this type of delivery being mainstream in future?

    We are a world that is constantly looking for solutions to bring about a lifestyle but is it true?

    What happened to good old fashion ‘go to the shop and buy it’?

    Are we no longer content with meeting staff at the supermarket and having conversations in this way because our life is so demanding and busy, we have no time for this everyday stuff?

    Are we seeking a form of irresponsibility when we expect things to be done for us because we can and we like the comfort feeling it brings?

    Are the suppliers ready to find the next solution we want because they know the demand will keep them in business?

    Do we need to look deeper and ask why do we want this service and how does it help us to evolve or does it actually retard our evolution, because solutions are band-aids to bullet wounds?

    In other words, we plaster things over but never get to the root of why we want what we want and in this case a stranger to enter our home and unpack our shopping.

  31. Metro News – 21 November 2018
    8,000% rise in Google searches for sicknesses

    This news story has been posted by way of comment today on our Why do we get Sick blog. However, it deserves a mention on this blog about Solutions because of our constant need to get things fixed, so we can continue ‘business as usual’ and not ask more questions or consider WHY we got sick in the first place.

    Our world is full of fix it solutions as we are programmed, configured to behave in this way and it’s just the normal these days and widely accepted.

    We try and find our way out of things by ourself and we seek what we want to read that may just suit us and give us a band aid answer to our bullet wound problem.

    Read on –

    Internet searches for health have increased over past 3 years because people want “quick fix solutions”.

    ‘How to know chest pains are serious’ – this search rose 8,871% according to analysis from Google data found.

    Keywords like – Acne | Sciatica | IBS searched more than 100,000 times a year.

    1 million people a week struggle to get seen by a doctor.

    So this tells us clearly SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT if we have such a huge percentage of people trying to use the internet to find a solution for why they are sick.

    What if we stopped and got to a website like this?

    Simple Living Global are world leaders in bringing everyday stuff to the table, so to speak.

    In other words, things we all need to know and talk about more so we get to the Truth.

    Blogs that are well researched and presenting the possibility of another way to be and live.

    Call it lifestyle choices or a platform for true health and well-being, this website will one day be a popular choice for those who are ready for Truth and not a quick fix solution.

    This website, this blog and this comment offer no solutions.

    Right now, the majority of our world will think we are nuts as an organisation as we stand out because we are not seeking solutions in any form.

    Worth reading our Code of Conduct as it speaks volumes about who and what Simple Living Global are really about.

  32. The Guardian – 15 December 2018

    Partygoers are being urged to wear earplugs to prevent tinnitus.

    So before this festive season really kicks off, we are being warned as it is important to take steps to minimise the risk of tinnitus at pubs, clubs, bars and concerts because Christmas party season poses a particular risk.

    Note – this is a solution. They are not asking for us to look at our choices of WHY we would want to go to events that could harm our hearing. They want us to keep going to music events and parties but use earplugs to block out the dangerous sound frequencies, which still allows us to listen and enjoy the music.

    They also advise us not to stand close to speakers for too long at any time and take breaks from the noise.

    Tinnitus is described as ringing in the ears, buzzing, whistling or whooshing sounds.

    Action on Hearing Loss estimates 6 million people are living with the sensation permanently and for 1 in 10 it has a serious impact on quality of life.

    There is no cure for tinnitus but treatment can help manage the condition.

    Once hearing is damaged, hearing cannot be fixed so tinnitus from over exposure to loud sounds can be prevented say the chief executive of the British Tinnitus Association.

    So if we break this news story down – what have we got here…

    We overdo it during Christmas time and we want the big parties and go to the pubs, clubs and concerts seeking loud music, as that is a big part of what partying is about. Most of us cannot imagine a party without music so loud, we cannot really engage in any conversation properly with anyone.

    Try stopping the loud sound and we would probably be told to leave or get singled out, as the majority want it that way as it’s been like that since day dot – in other words, as long as they can remember.

    Who gets ready to party at this time of year with terms and conditions about how they want the level of music decibels ringing in their ears all night?

    Well we know we never do question it as part of this season is to accept it all and go along with it.

    How many will end up with obvious symptoms of tinnitus at the end of this year caused by loud noises that came from music events or parties?

    Do we care or have we even given it any thought?

    Where is the manual, the education, the real stats and facts about this thing called tinnitus that most of us don’t know much about, unless we end up with it and by that time it’s too late?

    Is it time that our world changed the focus from Solutions to actually getting to the root cause of any ill that we are creating?

    Would it be a wise move to know the facts, the details and then question our choices before we go blindly in our ignorance towards something that may harm us for the rest of our life?

    I know from my own lived experience how music stayed with me morning, noon and night after my clubbing loud music days. It was like I had absorbed it inside my head and it would not go away. The ears were disturbed and there was a background sound that never left and looking back I never even thought it could be the onset of tinnitus.

    I was too busy planning and plotting my next crazy night outs which had to include loud music and alcohol.

    I am certain that the alcohol helped to numb me so much that I was not even aware of how loud the music was. I lived in a constant state of nervous tension and anxiety and party nights made me forget all of that going on inside me.

    For the record, I would walk out of any place if the music was too loud or if anything disturbed me. That is where I am at now and I have no concerns who thinks what of me because I choose not to go to late night parties as I know there are consequences and I simply don’t like them.

    I value my body far too much now to put it through harm of this kind.

    The final thing on this ear stuff is imagine what it is doing to our heart and the connective tissue that surrounds our precious heart.

    What is the impact we feel in daily life if we hear loud sounds?

    Can we multiply that and then add the hours we spend at music concerts, parties and other loud music events and feel what that must be doing to our heart?

    Surely the heart has to harden with that jarring that is coming from the outside to disturb us – it makes me think of the Be Gentle -tiny baby sleeping blog on this website https://simplelivingglobal.com/be-gentle/

    We would never put a tiny baby into a loud music party room because we feel the preciousness they are and the vibration they need, but yet we happily and merrily do it to ourselves because we can.

    WHY is that – have we considered this?

  33. Daily Mail – page 44
    19 January 2019

    Flying minicabs could take to the sky in 4 years.

    A smartphone app will be used by passengers to arrange pick-ups from the top of a tall office building, a multi-story car park or a shopping centre.

    The cabs will fly at speeds of between 150 – 200mph in order to beat gridlocked roads.

    Prices are intended to be a third higher than on road taxis so that they are affordable to the general public.

    The air cabs will be launched in the USA cities of Los Angeles and Dallas in 2023 with global expansion planned in the following years.

    The need for air cabs has come about due to traffic-congested routes being at breaking point in cities.

    A new workforce of pilots may be needed in order to operate the vehicles and keep up with the demand.

    So here we have another solution to a problem – congested roads, so we find another way to get to where we need to go.

    What if we actually stopped all solutions and asked ourselves why our roads are congested and at breaking point?

    Would that help us get to the root of what is going on here?

    Is it enough to say that we have more people in our cities and therefore more people on our roads and leave it at that?

    Or does the way that we are on the roads need to be looked at?

    Are we using transportation that is necessary?
    For example are we driving our own car when we could take public transport or car pool?

    Are there things that each and every one of us could do to ease the congestion on our roads, rather than looking for new ways to travel?

    If we continue to not look at the root cause in 100 years time, could we end up with the same congestion in the air, as we are currently experiencing on our roads?

  34. An article in The Times newspaper, 15th January 2019, talks about how town halls are spending millions on CCTV but cutting other services.

    Local authorities in England have spent more than three quarters of a billion pounds on CCTV over the past decade, which is an increase of 17 per cent since 2010.

    Over the same period, councils have reduced spending on street cleaning by 12 per cent, food safety by 16 per cent, trading standards by 32 per cent and libraries by 35 per cent.

    Local authorities also appear to be recruiting additional staff to monitor their cameras as more councils use CCTV networks to fine residents for minor traffic offences or dropping litter. The figures show that local authorities spent £31 million on wages for CCTV staff, up more than 20 per cent on 2010.

    Over the same period, £60 million was taken from the street cleaning workforce, £38 million from the trading standards payroll and thousands of road sweepers and inspection officers made redundant.

    A member of the Taxpayers Alliance said, “Taxpayers will want to know exactly how effective these CCTV cameras are in preventing and investigating crimes. Any spending decisions should prioritise the safety of residents and the most effective means of delivering public services.”

    A member of Big Brother Watch said, “Research consistently shows that public cameras are ineffective at deterring, preventing or even solving crime, but that too much CCTV does curb citizen’s freedom. The UK is already one of the most surveilled nations in the world with six million CCTV cameras recording us every day. Surveillance is no substitute for policing and this will prove to be a terrible waste of money.”

    Councils obviously have a different opinion on this matter and say that the spending is justified.

    A member of the Local Government Association said, “CCTV plays a vital role in protecting the public by dissuading crime and anti-social behaviour, assisting police officers and supporting prosecutions. Cameras have helped bring criminals to justice, help increase conviction rates after crimes are detected and are an important tool in tracking terrorist suspects. CCTV also reduces costs to the public purse as anyone caught on camera is likely to plead guilty, saving time on trials.”

    Of course, those that are in favour of these cameras are saying the total opposite of those against the cameras.

    As someone who uses CCTV at work to verify or disprove complaints and allegations against staff, I appreciate the fact that the cameras are there and that they are necessary, but they are only as good as the quality of the recording and whatever the camera has actually recorded.

    I would say that CCTV cameras have their place, but is it possible that they are still just a solution?

    The CCTV cameras do their job after the crime or event has already happened.

    Is it possible that instead of spending £millions more on cameras, local authorities invest in more police on the streets?

    Is it possible that more police on the streets may deter those who may commit crime?

    Does it make sense to cut public services, which in itself has the potential to increase crime rates, to install costly CCTV cameras that may or may not capture a crime being committed or may or may not be useful in the prosecution of these crimes?

    Is it possible that these ‘solutions’ simply just ending up costing us more time and money?

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