I love this saying, this is awesome! I like to say that Meaning trumps Data, and here, Captain Jack puts the same thing quite succinctly: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” When my clients get wrapped up in painful thinking about some “problem,” I ask them to be grateful for it, and ask themselves what opportunity exists in the problem. There is ALWAYS an opportunity in the problem, and if you can get past the often nasty wrapper, you will find an amazing gift underneath. Put one more way, if you are upset about something, it is because the meaning you have assigned it makes you feel bad, so CHOOSE ANOTHER MEANING! There is no objective meaning, you get to decide the meaning and if you don’t like it, have the discipline and faith to try a new one.
I found the image on Facebook, it’s from the movie series “Pirates of the Caribbean”