I think that the line, 'it's not fair' has been used by all of us at one time or another. When you are young and you want to stay up late to watch a really cool movie and your parents send you to bed. You say that it's not fair. When you go on a field trip and your dad gives you 5 dollars to spend on lunch but your friend brings 25 dollars so he can buy souvenirs too. When you study all night long and still barely manage a 81% on a test and yet there is always someone who says they never opened the book and get a 98%. When you follow all traffic rules at all times but one day you are running a little late and go too fast, and that is when there happens to be a cop around. How about when you do everything you are asked, and stay late at work putting in long hours and sacrificing personal time with your family for the good of the company, and then some co-worker who sits on their butt gets the big promotion and/or raise.
I could go on and on, but what would be the point? Life is not fair. My dad told me this when I was very young. I thought he was being mean and unusually cruel. but what he was really doing was preparing me for real life. In real life not everyone is a winner. In real life not everyone is put on equal footing. Not everyone has equal opportunity. And we, or should I say 'I' need to realize that and be happy with what life has given me.
It is so easy to feel sorry for yourself when you look at everything that you DON'T have. What we really need to try and do is look at everything you DO have. When I take inventory of all the blessings in my life; family, health, Gospel, etc. I tend to feel better. How can I complain about anything when I see all the good in my life? Why is it that we as a society tend to always look at what we don't have and want instead of what we do have and need to hold on to?
How precious life is. How fragile it is. And how glorious it can be when spent in righteous pursuits. I am definitely going to try and enjoy how great my life is. Who knows how long I will even be a part of this life. Why spend all my time wishing for more instead of enjoying what I have? I vow to enjoy my family even more,, knowing I would like to provide them with more, but also knowing I can give them everything they need.
Life is not fair. And I am not complaining.