denominators are powerful.

tried to make financial talk with a friend once, and limped in with the lame-o PE ratio talk on how i pick stocks. friend kindly pointed out that PE ratios are flawed, because 1) prices are generally inaccurate and 2) it really depends on what your denominator is. given that prices can never be right, the denominator then takes precedence in one’s assessment.

comes in friend number 2, who quoted “the denominator of our problems are usually our own selves” meaning to say that most of the problems that we face really come from who we are, and how we perceive things.

so today, i had some sort of an epiphany.

the denominator determining the impact of our situations is our character. was re-reading a book that held too many concepts within a chapter, and it reminded me of how i had prayed and asked for trouble to come my way (you can literally tell me in the face “you asked for it”). but i sincerely believed in James 1:2-4.

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

let me explain – many times we face situations and issues that might seem out of our control, and the first time that we face them, we can feel overwhelmed. but as we take these problems head on, we learn and grow – becoming more mature by the day. the more mature we are (or in other words – having more character), the lesser the impact of negative situations. our maturity helps us to re-frame problems and situations, and has the potential to act as a thrust towards the future.

have a big problem to handle today? enlarge your character and you will find that it isn’t as big as you think. denominators are powerful.

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