I woke up last Monday with a bit of a sore throat, just a tiny tickle. You know the one that could go either way during the next 24 hours.
Being the positive person that I am, I WILLED it to go away as I went about my daily routine of heading to the gym, showering and breakfast and work.
By lunchtime I felt like I had been hit over the head with a baseball bat and within my body was a battle raging with the good guys white blood cells losing ground to the nasty virus invaders.
Miserable, miserable, miserable was all that I could think. Ah, what’s that I hear? The world’s tiniest violin playing just for me! Ok, so I was feeling sorry for myself.
At this point I bet you are waiting to hear whether I held a pity party for one or whether I did a mental stock take of what’s right in my life.
Err, try the latter, only because nobody wants to hear about your problems because they have their own thanks.
It was then I recalled some wise words from Socrates (you know the very profound ancient Greek philosopher who ended up drinking hemlock). He said that if we all gathered our problems and troubles and put it in one great big pile and then proceeded to divide that equally amongst all present, almost all of us would be happy to leave with what we came bearing.
So, I’ve got the flu, I’m not dying so get over it. Reality check, I live in a country where I can get over the counter medication-Hang on, I can even get into my car, drive down the street to do this and have money in my pocketbook to pay for this.
Contrast this with some people do not have the basics, such as clean drinking water, 3 meals a day, being able to walk down the street without being shot at, strafed, etc let alone being able to afford medical treatment.
How’s that for perspective, folks. Adopt an attitude of gratitude and life becomes easier.
Yours in health, wealth and happiness