Sunday Poser # 93

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

How do you tackle a thorny problem?

Many problems in life need us to think hard. Some need tact ,others need wisdom and still, others need decisive action. When I was quite young, my father often gave me tangled yarn to unravel. He told me it built problem-solving talent and patience. Sometimes I’d spend hours untangling it and winding it in a neat ball. But sometimes, I’d lose all patience and would cut it where it was in a bad tangle and then neaten it.

All these exercises taught me how to untangle different issues in life. Some I deal with straight talk, saying as it is, while with others I use tact and diplomacy. But sometimes I use a sharp knife ( theoretical) and cut through all the complications to resolve the issue.

How do you deal with problematic issues? Do you cut the tangled yarn of problems or spend hours untangling it?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



58 thoughts on “Sunday Poser # 93

  1. Luckily, I don’t think I’ve ever faced a thorny problem yet, which I wasn’t able to deal with straight talk or tactics or diplomacy. But I believe I have a long life ahead of me and am sure, may be at some point I may have to deal with it. And if one day I have to face a thorny problem, I’ll always go for a straight talk first as usual no matter what and if that doesn’t work, I’ll try my best to solve it by coming up with different strategies and solutions and if I couldn’t find an end no matter whatever I tried, I’ll just leave it behind. And I’ll hope ‘it’s gonna be alright oneday no matter how long it takes.’

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  2. It really does depend on the problem. Emergency situations require decisive action. But because I am analytical by nature, I tend to think things through and weigh the pros and cons of alternatives first.

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    1. Thanks Jim for this very informative post. The comments are closed on it so I wanted to let you know that you’ve added a lot to my knowledge. Thanks


  3. Hmm, I think I’d have to echo how you’ve described handling things. Every situation is different and requires a different skill set. But probably the best way to untangle sticky situations is to keep a cool head, and rationally determine what the best solution should be.

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  4. If it’s relatively minor problem, I’ll usually address it immediately. But the big problems, the ones that keep you up at night, those are the ones I think about and think about again until I feel like my ears are going to bleed. My husband is a great one to talk to at times like these; he’s a ‘walk you through it’ kind of guy and has kept me from jumping into the fire with both feet more times than I’d care to remember! There’s always a better way if we just stay calm and think about it.

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  5. My tendency is to plan and organize more than anything else. hat’s the plan, however; the truth is thatI find that I tend overthink alot. Therefore, a bit of cutting and starting over when necessary, is something I work on. A work in progress for me on this topic😊

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  6. I try to make sense of the problem and untangle it, but sometimes there seems to be no solution. That’s when I step back and give more thought to what’s happening. Often time is all it needs.

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  7. Skirt them, if possible, or put them off for a while but if they need to be dealt with immediately, I am very decisive…never overthinking such issues.
    I am tactful, when required, but usually pretty much a straight talker.

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  8. Good timing… I just ran across some tangled string in my craft drawer the other day and I patiently untangled the two colors and wound them both up in balls after. So I have patience to analyze an issue and tackle it as best I can.

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