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I read a quote once from Confucius which said “I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet”. I remember growing up in Nigeria and listening to a rapper rap about how terrible his life was. As part of his pain, he complained about having to eat sardines and baked beans for food! I honestly couldn’t believe what I was hearing and you need to understand where I was coming from. In those days, it was a big deal for us to have sardines or baked beans. We always looked forward to the occasions when my mum would buy them. We enjoyed eating them but because it was quite expensive mum only bought them occasionally; so when I heard this rapper complaining about it, I thought to myself oh my goodness! I want to live in your country, I so want to live there, where you have it so good that it becomes a sad experience to have sardines and baked beans for food.
So often we are caught up in our bubble, convinced that our situation is terrible, and I’m not undermining what you’re going through; but when you put it into perspective and realise that others will gladly swap places with you it bursts your bubble and helps you see the bigger picture. When you’re stuck in traffic and running late for a meeting, instead of cursing everybody or blaming the government for not building better transportation systems, remember that someone else does not have a car and would gladly give anything to have a car and be stuck in traffic. If you have kids that are driving you nuts, remember that someone else would pay anything to have a child even if they drive them nuts!
Always see the bigger picture. Put it into perspective. Your situation is never as bad as you think. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by a situation, stop and think about someone else who could be worse off than yourself. Are you going through a painful experience which has taken the wind off your sail and you’re saying to yourself there’s nothing to be thankful about my life right now. Well, think about it this way, you’re still alive! The experience didn’t kill you. You’re still here to give it another shot. My sister didn’t have a second chance. She’s no more and nothing I or anyone can do will bring her back and give her another chance. As long as you’re breathing, you can get back in the game.
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