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The best thing to remember when you feel like life is unfair

Ok. Maybe it’s not THE best thing, but it’s a good thing to remember.

Everyone who lives on this planet is subject to unfair, unpleasant things.   Some more than others, to be sure, but all of us experience some difficulties in life that aren’t really our fault.

Maybe someone hurt us, abused us, stole from us, gave us a raw deal, took an opportunity away, or maybe even a natural disaster brought loss.

There are lots of unfair things that could happen to us, and I’m sure you don’t have to think long to come up with a list from your own life, financial or otherwise.


When crappy stuff happens to us and we did nothing to bring it on, it’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves.

And while I think it’s ok to be bummed about hardships and it’s ok to feel your feelings, I also think it’s not super healthy to stay there and wallow.

Instead, it’s better to remember this:

You do not get to choose what happens to you, but you DO get to choose how you respond.


Focusing on the fact that something unfair happened to you is not going to help you.

Thinking about it more and more won’t change your circumstances.

Pondering how much you didn’t deserve this and how you didn’t choose it won’t improve your life.

I find it to be much more helpful to focus on the choices that I do have.

For instance:

I can choose to  focus on the good (there’s always something to be grateful for!)

I can make choices that help to improve the situation.

I can ask other people for help.

I can get assistance from professionals (a financial counselor can help you with money problems, a therapist can help you deal with difficult situations in your past and present, a medical professional can help you figure out how best to deal with your broken body.)

I can choose to help other people, which has the lovely side effect of taking my eyes off of my own problems.

Even in very hard situations, there’s usually at least some small choice that you do have, and it’s both empowering and cheering to focus on that.

You’re not completely helpless! You’re not completely at the mercy of forces outside you! You can still make choices!

Remembering this helps me. And I hope it will help you too.

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Saturday 15th of September 2018

Thank you. I know you did not write this just for me but to me it feels like you did!


Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Some pretty good stuff here- thanks! Hey, I noticed your holly bushes seem to have an infestation.

Carol Grund

Wednesday 12th of September 2018


This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you!


Wednesday 12th of September 2018

I'm so glad! I need to remember it too because boy, that temptation to go down the, "Why me??" path is for real.


Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Beautiful words & pictures of encouragement!


Tuesday 11th of September 2018

Thanks, Kristen, for your great advice on this topic. What pops into my mind is this- There's always going to be someone in a way better position than you and there's always going to be someone in a way worse position than you.

I've been put into situations that I had no control over and also in situations that I put myself in. Some of the choices I made were really good and others were downright wrong. All in all, I've tried to forgive the things and people, even myself, to the best of my ability and learned how to deal with them in my own time. It's all the bumps in the road that we have to get over and learn to move forward. It's tough. But I believe in karma and the Lord ( ironic, no?) and this too shall pass......


Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Maybe karma equates to [God's] justice, and then there is no irony?

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