No Need to Suffer

September 15, 2011

No matter how hard you try, you have those days where nothing seems to go right.  You have deadlines to meet at your work, there is a houseful of out-of-town guests in your home, and the electric bill is a day past due.  It is days like this that you want to stand in an open field, scream and pull your hair out.  But there really isn’t a need for that.  Life in Alabama is like a lot of places right now:  times are tough.  It’s a sure bet that someone else is having a day just like yours, but seem unaffected by it.  There is a reason for that.

Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, Helen Keller had more than one day that didn’t go right.  But she overcame her adversities.  She said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”  She became known for her intelligence and incessant labor in the betterment of others.  Through her, many have been inspired to overcome whatever happens in their day.

Helen did not see her deafness and blindness as handicaps.  Rather, she learned to live her life as if it were a great adventure, with more to learn and do each day.  It is how you perceive your problems that make them problems.  Instead of seeing deadlines at work that you don’t believe you can meet, see them as a challenge to do so.  If you believe you can meet them, you more than likely will.  What about that houseful of out-of-town guests?  They came to visit you for a reason.  It’s a sure bet they didn’t show up just to torture you.  Take some time to enjoy their company.  You’ll find that the crowded conditions don’t seem that crowded after all.  As for your electric bill, more than likely arrangements can be made to pay it at a later day, like when your paycheck finally hits your pocket.

Each day that you encounter situations that are less than desirable, find a different way of acknowledging them.  Use a positive state of mind that will help you in finding solutions.  Continuing with negative thoughts and actions can actually make things worse for you.  In being positive, you can clear your mind, solve the situation, and move on.  “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.” – Helen Keller.

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