Difficulties MeasuredAuthor: Byron Pulsifer, © 2012
What are difficulties measured against other people? Some people seem to excel in complaining about everything, everyone while they have the means and opportunity, and, in some cases, a lot more than thousands of others.
On The Islands in the Caribbean
One thing that always bothers me when I visit other lands whether that is an island or a country is to see the vast difference between most of the residents and how they live day to day compared to visitors. It is not to say that there are not native residents who have nice homes and good jobs but it is the terrible conditions of most of their population. What we take for granted, what we often complain about is to them to live in heaven. Yet, there is a seemingly acceptance of what they have or how they live. But, this acceptance to me is more to the point where they do not see anything changing ever and make do with what they have.
Maybe There Are Several Lessons Here
One of these lessons is that we should take time to sit back and start to count our blessings for all we have instead of complaining about what we think we should have. We have more than thousands upon thousands have but we relish every opportunity to complain and believe that we deserve more. In a lot of situations, we could have more but we seem to think that it should just fall into our lap without taking any further action - it is the we deserve mentality.
We should also note that we have many, many opportunities to change our lives, to get what we want, or to change our direction are available to those of us living in United States or Canada - or for that matter in most countries except those where civil war and totalitarian rule exists. So, what is the problem?
Plain and simple, it is this: too few people see that it takes hard work, dedicated work, and the willingness to sacrifice a little of their free time to get ahead. I really believe we have been spoiled with far too many people thinking that those who have succeeded have done so only because they have all the luck. Is this thinking correct? No it is - very wrong.
A Different Attitude by New Immigrants To Our Country
In most cases, these people arrive with little but are more than able to understand that to start afresh in a new country means hard work but hard work is not even a concern. They also realize, though, that they have many, many opportunities here that they did not have or where not given a chance to undertake because they belonged to the wrong family or were not connected with the ruling powers that be.
These new families often take the first step to freedom in more than one way by accepting that more than one family will live in one house. And, again, the reason for some is that what we may call a small house is to them a mansion. It is all a matter of perspective and the willingness to have a long-term plan for the future unlike most people here that think that they should have it all before they turn thirty.
Those who plan to succeed by hard work and acknowledge that they have to sacrifice things now for a brighter future are the ones who fully appreciate what it means to have more and be more.
Anthony J. D'Angelo
William Arthur Ward
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