Their business is going through tough times, their job is tough, their life is tough.
And it is …
We could easily self-pity wallow when things get difficult. Not much needed to push us that way. And we live in a world where self-help books, therapists, salted-snacks, booze, drugs and retail therapy easily convince us we are poor down-trodden and hard-done-by victims deserving sympathy.
C’mon now, let’s get a grip!
The world has less illiteracy than ever, but there is still lots of it.
The world has less disease, poverty and malnutrition than ever, but there is still lots of it.
The world has less war, terrorism, conflict and brutal regimes than ever, there is still lots of it.
Most whining and turf-battles by national and local politicians, workplace conflicts and neighbour disputes are so tiny compared to what is really important in the world – most people are wasting precious time and money on things which mostly don’t matter much to most people.
Where am I going with this?
Each street we live on is a little slice of the world. How we treat those next door ought to be the way we want our leaders to treat the country next door. Where we live is a laboratory of how we live (or fail to) in harmony – sending a message to the world of how we want the world to be.
Which means – we live in a world we deserve, one we co-create and enable. If we don’t like it, change it. If we aren’t prepared to change it, maybe we should sit down and be quiet.