Problems Vs. Issues - The Use Of Language
(Painting by Shoshanna Bauer)
The Sudilkover Rebbe stopped me on two separate occasions in the midst of our conversations and suggested that I use the word "issue" instead of the word "problem". The Rebbe explained that I was inadvertently training my mind to think in a negative way by using the word "problem" since this word has a negative connotation while the word "issue" does not.
In order to maintain a constant focus on only the good, the Rebbe told me that it was extremely important to always use words that were both positive and refined.
While I consistently try be cognizant of the words that I speak on a daily basis, up until this point I had never stopped to consider that using a word like "problem" could be an issue.