I think of Chris Gardner in his Pursuit of Happyness. Because nothing, absolutely none of the WORST things I’ve ever experienced in my entire life is even within an AU of the things that this amazing man had to go through. And if you think that what you saw in the movie version (starring Will Smith) was bad… the actual, real-life version was WORSE. In the movie he had to stay in jail for one night. In real life he had to stay for ten. For parking tickets!
From now on, whenever I see somebody is being nasty, sullen, or angry, I’m going to be more understanding. I never know what’s really happening in his or her life.
From now on, whenever I think I’m having it tough, I know that no matter what that is, it is not worse than something that Chris Gardner has gone through. And if Chris Gardner can rise above his industrial-strength, high-grade, class A problems, heck, I can rise above my small-scale, low-grade, class-C problems and smash them to bits.
From now on, I will always keep in mind that no matter how low, dejected, miserable a person may seem to be now, I may be looking at Greatness in the eye. It’s a reminder of how everyone has the potential to greatness within them.