Do you believe there are worse off people than you?

@AbbeyB (670)
Spain
September 1, 2008 1:34pm CST
I was always told to think myself lucky and that there is always someone worse off than you, do you believe this or not?
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• United Kingdom
1 Sep 08
I agree with you on this! No matter what your position in life there is always going to be someone worse off than you. You may be suffering extreme hardship financially, you may be suffering with a terrible disease, but there's always going to be someone who's worse off than you. I guess it's a good thing to count yourself lucky, I certainly do! I'm thankful everyday for what I have in life and I'm always giving thanks to the Universe. I never take anything for granted as I know that things could go significantly downhill. Yes I would like a whole lot more in my life, who wouldn't? The fact of the matter is, and I guess you've heard this saying before, "The harder you work, the luckier you become!" Andrew
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@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
1 Sep 08
But what happens when you work really hard and still get no luck?
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• United Kingdom
1 Sep 08
Hi Abbey, That's definitely a very hard question to answer! I'm really not sure about that one! I guess I try and keep the faith! There have been times, my studies for example! I have been studying so hard to get my qualifications at the end of this course and it's still not over for me. I take my exams in October. There have been times throughout the course when I really just had enough, I wanted to quit; I wasn't noticing any quick results. I kept on pushing though and now the course is over and I just have the exams left. You are right though! There are many people who work exceptionally hard and still, they are getting nowhere. I really don't understand this only that, hopefully some good things will eventually come about because of their hard work, perhaps not exactly what they are looking for, but something that will put a smile on their face!! Thanks, Abbey. Andrew
@Phelyne (129)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I believe it, but, more than considering yourself lucky, or that there is always someone worse off than you, you should count your blessings and be thankful for what you do have. When you don't consider what you have, and/or aren't thankful for it, you don't take care of it, and are likely to lose it.
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@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
1 Sep 08
Very wise words.
• United States
1 Sep 08
There are many people far worse off than I am, and I'm truly sorry for them. Usually, when people remind us that others are worse off, it's a way of telling us to stop feeling sorry for ourselves. I don't feel sorry for myself, and I don't see how acknowledging there are others who are worse off could make me feel better about my circumstances. It's sort of like children being told they have to finish their dinners because there are children in other countries who are starving.
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• Canada
1 Sep 08
I think that no matter how bad your life might seem to be, there will always be somebody who's worse off than you...It's kind of sad to say, but true... -Mike
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
1 Sep 08
This is a no brainer. I am sure you have seen documentaries about how people live int some of the third world countries. If that is not worse than the majority I do not know what is. Even in what ever country you are living in, there are areas that are so impoverish you can not believe they live in the same country. I saw a documentary on TV of the poorest city in the US. The average wages made was less than $500.00 per month. People did not have running water, no street lights etc. I consider myself struggling, but no way near these people. I may have less money than I have bills, and I might complain about my situation, but I know without a debt that there are some people who wished they had my situation.
@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
2 Sep 08
Sorry if it was a no brainer question.
@vijigopi (991)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I believe this 100%. Even when I am in the midst of a depression, I come across cases that are so unbelievable that I start to think I must be insane to think I'm the unluckiest person in this world. But according to me, each person goes through suffering that they have the strength to bear, otherwise we wouldn't be experiencing it. And another thought is that, our own experience is easier to go through than another's.
• United States
1 Sep 08
Yes of course theres people worse off than you but there are also people who are better off than you that complain even though they know there are many people worse off them them. So dont feel like youre lucky all the time, i mean its good that because it makes you appreciate what you have but at the same time youre limiting yourself. Its kind of hard to explain my view point but i hope you understand what i mean. Especially if your parents are involved like if they make an excuse for not getting you something like new shoes just because theres not a hole in your old ones means you dont need new ones. ahhh im confusing myself now i should stop where i am... lol. I hope you understand what im trying to say.