A Hill of Beans

Today we look at one of my favorite lines from one of the greatest of all classic movies, “Casablanca”.  This movie is filled with memorable lines.  In the final sequence Humphrey Bogart says to Ingrid Bergman “It is clear that the problems of three small people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this world.”  Let’s explore this idea.


When we have a problem

Many of us get very upset when we have a problem.  We become focused on only our self and our problems.  We literally block out the rest of the world.  All that is important to us is our problem.


Sometimes we run around telling everyone we have a problem.  Sometimes we isolate ourselves and dwell on our problem.  No matter how we deal with it, we become totally consumed by what is going on with us.


Life is doing fine

Many of us lose sight of the fact that the rest of the world continues when we have a problem.  We want the world to stop just because we have a problem.  We soon find that things do not happen this way.


We wrote a post several months ago titled “Life Is Simple – People Make it Complicated”.  In that post we talked mostly about dealing with complications in our life.  Are not problems just another type of complication?  Over time we learn that the more we want to have problems the more we want to complicate our lives.


Back in July we also wrote a post “Life Is Doing Fine – It’s People Who Have Problems”.  This post looked at how everything around us tends to continue whether or not we have a problem.  It’s not that the world does not care if we have a problem.  In actuality it does not.  What is important is what we do when we have a problem.


Keep on going

It can be quite interesting to understand the proper approach to resolving a problem.  First, we cannot care if the world cares about our problem.  Our problem is ours – to resolve or not.  Either way it is our responsibility.


Second – we cannot suppress or deny the problem.  Any denial of the problem will only make it worse later.


Third – we cannot allow the problem to adversely affect our other responsibilities and actions.  The problem will inevitably affect what we are doing.  However, we need to limit those affects and not use them as an excuse.


It can be quite interesting when learning to balance these three things.  However, learning this skill will be a good start at resolving our problems in as painless a manner as possible.


Finally, we must realize that our problems don’t amount to a hill of beans in this world.  We should treat them accordingly.  Then get on with what we have to do.


Until tomorrow –


Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.




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