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See if the problem really exists

Updated on June 6, 2012
Thinking may lead you to right solution but sometime ' No thinking' has big solutions.
Thinking may lead you to right solution but sometime ' No thinking' has big solutions.
Harry Houdini, a man that could not be held, was one of the most famous magicians, illusionists, and escape artists that ever lived.
Harry Houdini, a man that could not be held, was one of the most famous magicians, illusionists, and escape artists that ever lived.

Few days back, I was reading fascinating story about late Haudini, a famous magician, escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer. He is known for his sensational escape acts. He was Hungarian born American magician who adopted magic as career and then shifted towards escape acts. He performed many such acts and always challenged that no jail or locks can keep him arrested. He proved his words many times. He was widely known as ‘The Handcuff King’. Once he also declared himself as ‘King of Cards’.

Authorities of England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Russia were always under challenge as Houdini was asking their police to restrain him in shackles and lock him in their jails. From 1907 and throughout the 1910s, Houdini performed with great success in the United States. He was always proved unchallenged.

Here I am sharing a story of a little town in British Isles. As town had newly built escape proof jail , the townsfolk invited Houdini to come to see if he could break out. He accepted the challenge. There was a big gathering of people. Houdili had hidden a long flexible iron rod in his belt, which he used to try to trip the lock. He worked hard, tried all tricks, all his expertise but was not able to break the lock. He did what was in his capacity and caliber. Ultimately he dropped his efforts and leaned against door, completely exhausted. Suddenly door opened with his weight. In fact it was not locked actually. It was a trick played on the Houdini.

In this tale, where was the real lock. Doors were not locked but Haudini was trying to open it, considering it something hard. Here lies the real theme of this topic. Many situations in life simply look as having some problem outside but in reality, we accept them in our minds. They exist nowhere but only in our thoughts. Any problem in life has certainly some solution but to get right solution we must assure that real problem is there in reality, not in our imagination. Human mind is so powerful that it can solve biggest problems of life but it can also be biggest hindrance in our own way. Efforts, more efforts and ultimate efforts are required to hit the target but there is a different logic, rather anti logic, that some time life puts you in such situations where solution lies in ‘no effort’. You simply need to relax leaving efforts and you reach the target. Few situations in life need you to dare to leave efforts and relax as your efforts are the only hindrance to reach your destination.

Source Reference: Wikipedia, Magictricks.com, 'Life Changers Dreamers Doers' by Robert H. Schuller

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      Dear Kerlynb, Natashalh, KD, Anju & John. Human mind can create big things. Once it accepts something as problem the only way left is to learn how not to associate with it, how not to get identified with it. The moment you stop identifying yourself with your mind flow, problem starts fading away. Thanks for adding your valuable comments. Your words are always appreciated and welcomed.

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      I really enjoyed this hub. You have touched on an idea that seems a paradox. Many times something so powerful for good can also confuse issues. Your statement regarding the mind - "but it can also be biggest hindrance in our own way." How true. What a wonderful way to capture the essence of that idea! I vote up and thank you very much.

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      Anju Arya 5 years ago from India

      Hello Jaspalsji, You have given very real thoughts. Very inspiring also. Thanks. In life mostly problems have been created by ourselves due to our negative thinking. In fact those problems do not exist. So much bad,never going to happen in future but we are afraid of that in vain and disturb our mind. You indicated in right direction. Voted up.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Problems are to be solved; challenges are to be accepted; life is to live. Great Hub and very inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

      -KD

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Short and sweetly inspirational. I like it - thanks!

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      "Many situations in life simply look as having some problem outside but in reality, we accept them in our minds. They exist nowhere but only in our thoughts." - Right. Sometimes, it's a matter of perception. Strange,some people would see a "problem" as their end. Others would see it as a challenge. Still some would see it as an opportunity to change and grow. Sadly, many people from one Asian country has a culture that supports committing suicide whenever a person is confronted with a serious "problem." Such a waste of life :(

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      @John. Life has both logics as well anti logics. Problems and solutions are always inter related. We just need to see in right perspective. Thanks for reading hub and adding your valuable comments.

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      Nice story. Amazing how so many problems turn out not to be problems after all. Good perspective to remember. Good hub.

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      Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

      @Prairieproncess & DzyMsLizzy. Thanks for your appreciating words and valuable comments.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Ah, yes--"ask the right questions."

      Interesting--I'd not heard that Houdini story before. That was funny.

      Voted up!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Jaspals, this is so inspiring and beautiful. I am going to share this, too. Lovely!

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      Kawaljit kaur 6 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

      Jaspal G,

      Hi,

      I agree, every problem has a solution. If we are determined, every problem can be solved.

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      @Surale. Thanks for your supporting comment.

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      surale 6 years ago from pakistan

      very nice work jas . i like your great work

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      @Lovaza. Thanks for adding your comments.

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      lovaza 6 years ago

      The human mind is capable in controlling our thought processes which can hinder us or release us from the bind that often becomes a gridlock due to pressures and stresses in our lives. I appreciate your Hub. :)

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      @Gentle Fist. Thanks for reading and adding your comments.

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      Gentle Fist 6 years ago from Serbia

      Great title for a great story! Sometimes, the hardest thing is to realize the easiness of a problem. To some doors in life, there are no keys or lockpicks, you just need to open them! :)

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      Bella Nina 6 years ago from USA

      We all hold the key to our own chains, do we not?

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      UrsulaRose 6 years ago

      Food for thought for we problem solvers! Well-written Hub Article Jaspals. :-)

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      5hashank 6 years ago

      Nice example...and true fact..sometimes we overdo things and not see the simple solutions around...

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      @Fucsia. Thanks for appreciating my Article.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Great Hub. I like how you started from a story and then you shared your reflection. It is absolutely true: for find a solution first of all we must have respect for reality, for the facts, as they are.

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      @Bhawana.You are my strength.

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      Jaspal Singh 6 years ago from India / Australia

      @Sweetie and Anamika. Thanks for appreciating.

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Beautiful writing and i liked the way you integrated your story about the great magacian with the moral of the sotry. Very nice.

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      Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Very True! There cannot be any situation or problem in life without a solution. Good writeup!

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      Bhawana Salaria 6 years ago from Australia

      Great Writing i believe you on this.

      Bhawana