This week I was confronted by some serious questions concerning how I treat and view life. I had the pleasure of being inspired by people who have made it in spite of life throwing the worst kind of circumstances at them. I had an opportunity to shake hands with people who aren’t necessarily famous, but they are worth celebrating for their perseverance, their character and resilience.
Most of us don’t want to think about what other people are going through- the struggle to make ends meet, the abuse, the addiction and the heartbreak- but these things are a reality in a lot of people’s lives. There are people who are making it against all odds. There are people who are smiling and shining on a daily basis under the worst circumstances. There are people who wake up each morning not knowing where the next meal will come from, but still go on to live life with a great attitude. There are people whose lives are nothing short of a miracle.
It should never become a cliché to us that there are people with less than us. Our attitude should always be one of gratitude and thankfulness. And this goes beyond material possessions – there are people who yearn for things we easily take for granted, people who would give up so much to belong in a loving family, people who long to be held, people who desire to be cared for, people whose prayer is to be employed. Worse still; there are some people who can’t even remember the last time they laughed. These are things we rarely rank as important, things we easily take for granted, things we assume we can get by without, until they are taken away.
Some people have never met their parents; their pain is a pain that we cannot see; touch or heal but it tears them apart. There are people who were raised by a family that mistreated them. Some have never been told they are loved. Some are struggling to break drug addiction. Some have money and material things but have no peace within. Some are beautiful but still question their worth. Some are people who seem to have it all but aren’t happy. There are people who are married but still feel lonely. Some are single and feel like life is not worth living. Some are surrounded by people but feel invisible. There are people around us who are struggling everyday…
I know we have struggles of our own, but every now and then, it’s good to look beyond your own life. Even in the midst of uncertainty, we need not complain so much. Things are so much better than we make them out to be. We might not be where we want to be yet; but we can at least be grateful that we are well on the way to greatness.
Remind yourself that it’s not so bad.