Ziad Youssef of MyTrafficMan.net

Six degrees of trouble: a tool to measure life problems

Problems can vary from small to large in life. Problems can be good when they help influence us to grow, but that isn’t always the case. Problems can also have some really detrimental effects and cause a whole lot of trouble.

The fact is, everyone runs into problems and problems can cause trouble in varying degrees. The impact a problem creates is based on the duration of the aggravation and the level of effort required to resolve it.

Attorney Ziad Youssef, from MyTrafficMan.net, is a Bellingham DUI lawyer with experience in over 1,200 DUI cases and over 1,000 criminal defense cases. After dealing with a variety of trouble from his practice as a lawyer, he has established six degrees of trouble that we will explore today.

1. No trouble at all

The first degree of trouble is caused by a small problem. A bug bites you and you have an itchy bug bite on your arm, you fall down and get a small scrape or you get pulled over for speeding and get off with a warning. The first degree of trouble is caused by a small problem, something insignificant and easy to forget. As problems become bigger so do the degrees of trouble.

2. An inconvenience

A bigger problem can still only cause a small impact on your life. It still requires minimal effort to overcome the aggravation and is often seen as nothing more than an inconvenience. Youssef often relates the second degree of trouble to the common cold. It can make you feel stuffed up and slow you down but often they are fully recoverable within a week if treated. When you get into trouble legally, Youssef sees the inconvenience of choosing a good lawyer. In this instance, you may have a problem and not know who to turn to, but with a little research and effort you can usually make a good decision.

3. Brace yourself

Taking the leap from the second to third degree of trouble is what usually causes more alarm. The third degree of trouble starts out as a relatively small problem that escalates quickly, providing an immediate impact. Windstorms are Youssef’s visual for this degree of trouble. In this case, the problem is quickly identified and isolated, but the impact lasts longer, leaves more damage, requires some precaution and a bit of clean up afterward.

4. The tornado

The fourth level of trouble is nothing short of a tornado. It comes almost out of nowhere, leaves a trail of destruction and then it’s gone. There are many ways tornados appear. Youssef relates the fourth level of trouble to throwing a grown-up tantrum. Someone may come over with little notice, shout angrily and then storm off. In this degree of trouble more than one person is affected, feelings get hurt, relationships are destroyed and the others are left picking up the pieces, but nothing is permanently destroyed.

5. Depression

Hitting the fifth degree of trouble is when everything gets more complicated. It is harder to identify a direct problem and the general malaise starts to affect the feelings of those involved, which could lead to feelings of sadness, repression of feelings, depression—all around emotional abuse. Youssef warns this is not healthy and requires intervention. The effort to fix the problem will be draining, and the solution should be long-term for a proper solution.

6. Irrelevance

Finally, Youssef makes known the sixth degree of trouble — irrelevance. This degree of trouble is detrimental to society and takes time and courage to fix. Irrelevance gets you to a point of thinking there is only one solution and nothing else will work. Youssef relates this degree of trouble to a nasty infection someone might get, an infection that spreads and is extremely hard to pinpoint, often the effect can be fatal. If a person is stubborn and unwilling to change their ways, they start to become irrelevant and that’s when sixth degree of trouble hits hard.

In every degree of trouble there is always a solution, the bigger the trouble grows, the harder you must fight to get out of it. Youssef has seen all kinds of trouble in the cases he has handled through MyTrafficMan.net over the years. He encourages you to stay out of trouble, but if you run into a problem and are in need of help look to your support system, your resources and get out of trouble as quickly as you can.

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