So we’ve been talking about how hard you have to work to stay poor in many countries. And nowhere was this more apparent than in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Everyone was warned for days to evacuate, that the levies wouldn’t hold a storm of that strength and their homes would be under water. And what happened? Thousands stayed and complained that the levies didn’t hold and their homes were under water. Now I have stayed in my home for several hurricanes. But I don’t blame anyone else if I get in danger.
But the real clincher came in a story I saw on the people who were staying in buildings that were condemned as unsafe. The poster boy was a guy featured in a huge article over half the page. He was shown sitting in his lawn chair surrounded by broken glass and insulation from where his roof had collapsed.
Sorry kids, but that storm was three weeks before that pic was taken. If you still haven’t even swept the God damned floor and you’re posing for pictures amid the squander, you are running for sainthood. Otherwise known as choosing to remain in victim-hood…
We all face some curveballs from life. The difference is not what happens to you, but how you choose to respond to them.
Do you see challenges as stepping-stones to build character and become the person you are capable of? Or do you try to milk them for sympathy, look for people to commiserate with you and wallow as a victim? It’s worth some serious reflection.