#267: Life Can Be Fair
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Most of us grow up believing the world and life will be fair, just and equitable. But we soon learn otherwise.
One reason that life is not fair is because it is comprised of self-centered people who do not much care for the plight of others.
They do not reach out to others in friendship but look at people cynically as if other people are somehow out to "get" them. It doesn't matter if it is on the road, at work or at a restaurant, the thinking seems to be, "They want to keep me from getting where I want to go, to keep me from that promotion I deserve or the well-located table in the restaurant. They want to see me mess up so they can gloat over my misfortune."
But this is not so. Not everyone is out to get someone else. Many people truly do care about others. The problem is that these people often seem to be too few in number, dwarfed by the volume of rude, condescending, selfish people who populate our planet.
Some say our lives are like a poker hand -- it's the luck of the draw that determines our circumstances -- and that we must play the hand we have been dealt without dwelling on it later.
But, for many people, this is not enough. They want what they do not deserve and what they do not wish to work for. They want others to cater to their whims and desires. And, when someone else has more success, then jealousy and envy rear their ugly heads.
Is it so difficult for us to simply be friendly, supportive, encouraging non-judgmental people? Is it so difficult for us to be genuinely happy to allow others their own measure of success?
If more people put others first, I believe many of our interpersonal problems would cease to exist.
There is so very much to be happy for and appreciative of in this marvelous universe of ours for us to waste time with petty grievances.
Life is too short to live it mired in envy and hatred and jealousy.
And, yes, life is not fair. But it can be more so if each of us try our best to make it a better place for us and for those we encounter during our years on earth.