Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Difference Is

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I entitled my Blog – ‘Attitude Matters’, and, every now and then, something happens to make me realize just how true this is. In fact, we are in the middle of one of those ‘now and thens’ right now.

I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice to say, just when we thought things were really looking up, the rug was pulled from under us and we are looking up alright, but from the bottom of the barrel.

It occurs to me now that we have two choices. We can drown in a sea of self pity; we can stay angry and bitter and bemoan our lot as ‘victims’. Or we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again.

And that is actually the only difference between us and a lot of the people out there living on the streets – our attitude. We have determined to be survivors.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of saying ‘Why us?’ Why do things like this keep happening to us? But why not us? What makes us any more special than anyone else? We may look at other people and think they have it easy. We may think their lives are perfect – the big, beautiful home, the high paying job, the closeness of their relationship with their partner and their family. I once heard some one say that if you scratch the surface of anyone’s life, you will inevitably find a multitude of problems. Some people just hide it better than others.

Life will go on – regardless of what is happening in our little world. We really have no choice but to go on with it. It’s our attitude that will determine in what state we complete the journey – defeated and broken, or strong and confident that we have given it our best shot.
©Lyn Murphy 2011

3 comments:

dana said...

With trees in my roof and a daughter I mentally said "good-bye" to, I had to force myself to just stand up yesterday. Then I forced myself to stay up.

You haven't said "what" the problem is, but it sounds dire. If you're truly talking "homeless", there comes a time when it's fine to say "WHY!????" as too many others are being forced to ask in this screwed up economy.

MaidInAustralia said...

It's so true. Life is full of ups and downs and it totally sucks sometimes. But what I've learnt, as you have, is that you really have two choices: To sink or swim. So I just keep swimming!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

YEPPER!!! Attitude is everything!! Trust me, as a 5 yr. Cancer survivor I soooo know the meaning of this word! Happy WW to everyone! :-)