It’s Not As Bad As You Think

One hard truth about life. It can always get worst. 

It’s funny even, the classical scene of the guy crying to God: This can’t get any worse, can it God?! And then it starts raining. 

It’s true, it can always get worst, but more than depressing you further, that truth should make you appreciate what you have right now instead. 

You don’t have enough money to eat today? Well, at least you’re not sick or missing a limb. Did you lose a limb? Well, at least you’re still alive. 

I know, hard stuff. 

“The philosopher’s school, ye men, is a surgery: you ought not to go out of it with pleasure, but with pain. For you are not in sound health when you enter.”

Epictetus

It’s easy to cry about your situation. Everyone does it. 

Everyone cries about the things that they currently have, the same things, that years ago, they’d kill to have. 

We adapt painfully easily to the things in our lives. 

This is why it is a good practice to imagine things going bad, or losing the stuff that you have now, that way you can appreciate what you currently do have. 

Think about it. We live frantically. When this happens, when I get that, when, when, when, when, and BANG you’re dead. Live now, appreciate what you have now, and you’ll be ready to die at any moment. 

I am so fortunate to have a job now, to have a company, to be able to write, to have a computer to write this article. I didn’t have so much a couple of years ago. Man, I remember when I had 50 dollars in my pocket, that’s it. And here you have me today, complaining about how tired I am, complaining that I’m too tired to write and work on other stuff than my day job. When just a few years ago, I did because I had no other option. Nope, doesn’t sound good, does it?

How about you? 

We forget too easily. 

This is the Stoic practice of negative visualization

Now, does this mean that you don’t want to get more, be more, or do more in your life? Of course not, you still want to get further, but you want to enjoy yourself while doing so. A smile on your face, that’s what you need. 

A smile on yourself manufactured by you and your ability to do philosophy. 

Why are you smiling? Because I choose to. Now, ain’t that beautiful? 

Thanks for reading, 

Ricardo 

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2 Comments

  1. good point ricardo,reminds one of the leo tolstoy line- if you want to be happy, BE. also the old saying- I thought I was miserable because I had no shoes, till I saw the man that had no feet! be well.

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