Not too far away is a woman sleeping under a bridge. A family whose baby girl is fighting leukemia. A man who had his leg amputated after stepping on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. People in Haiti still living in tents, five years after the earthquake. A Connecticut woman whose face and hands were mutilated by a chimpanzee.
Point being, is that there is always someone out there who is worse off than we are. That doesn’t meant that our problems should be viewed as minimal or of lesser value than others, but we should be grateful that our situations are not worse. Fact is, they could be.
We all go through difficult times, whether they be financial, physical or mental. Those moments in our lives can weigh us down. Sometimes so heavily, that we don’t know how much longer we can continue to carry on.
It is easy during those times to focus on the negative aspects of the situation. They surround us, taking over our lives, consuming our thoughts…
Because we let them.
What we fail to see, is that mixed in with all the bad is something good. Do you have a broken leg? You could have no leg at all. Are you eating rice and beans everyday? You could be eating out of the dumpster. Do you have a home? Are you breathing? Can a lesson be learned from the situation?
Instead of spending all of our energy looking at the negative side of things, we should focus on the positive. Doing so may not change the outcome of our situation, but it will certainly make the process easier.
We can either allow difficult times to knock us down and destroy us, or we can get up, dust ourselves off and live anyway.