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Have you said that before?

So have I, but I found a story that personally helped me and I want to share it with you.

Once upon a time there was a farmer. The farmer complained about the lake on his property that always needed to have the fish thinned out. The rolling hills made it more difficult for him to run the fence rows.  Sometimes he couldn’t even see his cows because they had so much territory to cover. At night it was so dark it was hard to walk from the barn back to his house.

He decided to sell the place and move somewhere really nice.  He called a real estate agent and made plans to sell his property.

A few days later he picked up the local paper, looking for a new place to live.  His eye caught an ad for a lovely country home in an ideal location: quiet and peaceful, the ad said.

It had soft rolling hills; a pristine lake stocked with bass, a classic barn surrounded by natural flowers and soft grass, and came complete with a wonderful herd of Black Angus cows.  It was just close enough to a small town to be convenient but far enough out to be uncluttered by city lights, traffic and noise.

He read the ad a second and then a third time before realising the real estate agent had given her description of the place he currently owned. He called her and told her to cancel the ad. He said, “I’ve changed my mind.  I’ve been looking for a place like that all my life.”

sunrise on a farm

Sometimes, just like the farmer, we need a new perspective on our circumstances to understand that our lives aren’t as bad as we sometimes believe.

If someone else was to describe your situation, in a newspaper ad, are you sure you wouldn't see it differently?

A wise man once said, Look at your life today, and ask yourself the simple question, could things be worse?

whether it's for your life in general or a specific situation, can you honeslty picture the scenario being worse than what it is right now?

Well if you can, it might mean that you are more fortunate and blessed than you realize.

Don't waste another day cursing the sky and hating your life, realize just how much worse things could have been, and decide to be thankful for the fact that they are not.

Don't be too quick to want to quit your life, quit your job, quit your relationship, quit on your family, and think that happiness is somewhere else than where you are right now. With just a little bit of refocus and a new perspective, you might just realize that the place where you, is the exact kind of place that you have been looking for your whole life.

JoyAbout Joy Ndombeson
I am originally from the DR Congo living now in the US. I completed my undergraduate studies last december in Fresno California and havr been ever since pursuing ways to live out my passion, which is to create art and content to entertain and uplift, share untold stories, and give life wisdom and advice to others.
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