Perspective – April 2013
Apr 10 2013
“If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.” –Regina Brett (Thanks Jeffrey Fry for sending out that quote on Feb 23, 2013).
When things get challenging and life seems overwhelming, there is generally always someone worse off than we are. I think being educated in the United States means you have mostly a privileged life. We lose perspective when we think our troubles are “not fair,” we haven’t achieved what we thought we wanted to achieve, or everyone else has it better than we do. I think a big part of the reason Reality TV has taken off is because it gives people insight into other people’s messy lives.
Success is not a straight line not just in a start-up business, but also in life. How you define (and redefine) success also matters as it constantly evolves based on where you are in life. Sometimes success can mean getting the kids up and out the door in the morning on time and other times it can mean closing a multi-million dollar deal!
Here are some morbid articles I recently read that gave me perspective. Most of us can’t imagine dealing with the situations mentioned in the articles.
SKorea: NKorea may be preparing to test missile – Associated Press
Six Americans, including three civilians, killed in attacks in Afghanistan – The Washington Post
Suicide bomber kills 20 at political rally in Iraq – Associated Press
Man kills 13 people in Serbian shooting rampage - Associated Press
I do feel really sorry for the individual who might be at the bottom of the “life sucks” totem pole, but my guess is that even they can think of someone worse off than they are because what’s important to them may not be important to someone else….Author: Aruni | Filed under: parenting, random stuff | Tags: associated press, reality tv, success is not a straight line, washington post | 1 Comment »