If we are going to be functional, we have to get ourselves a full & proper understanding of the situation we are dealing with, be it one that deals with ourselves or with another. We have to understand what we are working against (or working towards) in order to bring it down (or change it). It is imperative understand the problem fully well so that we are indeed functional enough to end up being of (some) productive good in our effort.
Problems have issues which they are symptoms of, which is where the solution lies. Without solving the issue, we won’t get to solve the problem. We would then be merely symptomatic, if we acted without recognizing this. The first step to doing that is to recognise & understand the issue. We may only advance a bit in easing the load, but we won’t really be effective in progressing much further as the problem will crop up again as a result of the issue that still persists. Something also very important to understand is that the issue is a part of the person and the change that is to happen is to happen in the person primarily.
Everybody (including ourselves) has their own struggles and their own capabilities to deal with them, be it in merely coping with them or actually tackling them. It seems, though it cannot be conclusively said, these struggles actually do make us the people we are supposed to be perfected into (note Matthew 5). We (are to) recognise the perfectness that lies beyond our struggles to be something we are to reach.
It is, but, conclusive to say that it is also necessary to cross that distance in a healthy manner. It is a part of the moulding that makes us into who we are to become. If it is rushed, we may not fully become that. The journey transpired across the struggle must be building of us, and therefore wholesome and complete, if it is to build us completely indeed. To allow that to happen, we must recognise, understand and respect its construct and thereby allow it to grow within its construct.
Being made of a certain construct indicates that we will not able to rise above it on all occasions, however much we try. We can do our best within it to understand it, with the incapabilities that it poses at the given point(s) in time. We sometimes have an inkling of it, and sometimes more of an inkling, of these things – subject to the wisdom that we receive and also subject to the manner in which we use our minds (with the capability that we have been given to).
What should not happen, in all eventuality, is that we bang our heads on an unbreakable wall because we are working against the incapabilities that we really can’t help. We should realise what the best is that we can do, and maybe if we wish attempt to speculate, test and try further – but there is a limit beyond which we really have no hand in.
All of the above said must be mired in sincerity and honesty. Using any of it as an excuse to, out of insincerity, say that we can’t cross it is something that eventually turns around and hits each one of us on, if that is indeed what we do. If we see an image of the perfection that we must be close to (or exactly at), we must work towards it believing that in the process perfection will be worked in us.