What is a problem?

"A friend once said to me: “Fulghum, you don’t know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break you neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire – then you have a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Life IS inconvenient. Life IS lumpy. Learn to separate the inconveniences from the real problems. You will live longer. And you will not annoy people so much.” I know think of this as the Fulgum reality test: Life is lumpy, and a lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same lump. One should learn the difference.”