Getting Off the Pity Pot
or Wallowing In It
It’s a daily (sometimes maybe hourly) choice: get OFF the pity pot or wallow in the mess!! We can choose to be a victor… or a victim.
Sometimes it requires lots of effort to not give in to feeling sorry for ourselves and instead seeking God’s help to rise above whatever person or circumstance is pulling us down. The overall atmosphere, online and elsewhere, has been especially contentious and frustrating over the past year or so. It’s certainly easy to get bogged down emotionally and even entertain pity parties when things aren’t going the way we think they should. In order to uplift the spirit and lighten the mood, I thought I’d once again share a thought from the 18 Rules of Happiness by Karl Moore.
This is actually Moore’s first rule of happiness, although it’s more of an admonishment.
Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself!
“It’s not going to help the situation. It’ll only help you to wallow in a state of apathy, playing the victim.
The kind of person that things happen to, but that can’t do anything about it.
By stopping feeling sorry for yourself, you can actually get on and DO something about it.
If you want to be happy – stop feeling sorry for yourself.” –Karl Moore
“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.”
-– Helen Keller
This one is an “ouchy”! It’s far too easy to give in to self-pity sometimes, especially when people make mean and hateful comments. Yet I know self-pity is not, honestly, a good feeling and only produces more negative feelings. And it truly does remind me of a saying I’ve heard many times: “Get off the pity pot!” (Hence the blog title!)
So What Are YOUR Thoughts?
Do you think ridding your life of self-pity will lead to happiness and gratitude?
Do you think you might continue struggling with self-pity, or learn to overcome it, depending on circumstances and events in your life?