January 16, 2012

Life Doesn’t Suck.

In case you forgot:

(Photo: Candace Smith)

Your life is awesome!

It’s easy to get caught up in the Monday flow of pour the coffee, take your shower, blah blah blah. It’s easy to slip into a mindless day. It’s easier still to start the week off full of complaints about everything you think should be different.

Guess what? Everything is going to be okay. All that stuff you’re worried about? It will work out. You’ll figure out what to do. It might go differently than you expected, but for better or worse–it’s all temporary.

So in the meanwhile, don’t forget that your day is going better than the majority of the other folks on the planet, and that we live in an amazingly wonderful world.

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krystina Apr 14, 2014 11:26pm

Normally, I enjoy reading Elephant Journal articles. They are usually quite interesting and very well written. Which is why it was no surprise that I was shocked by the insensitivity that was so fiercely themed throughout this article.

Firstly, I get that the underlying point or message of the article is to emphasize gratitude, which I can fully support. I get that the writer is trying to highlight that good things are there if we just open our eyes and not just dwell on the negative. Instead of just endorsing these positive suggestions, the writer is taking a harsh approach to make the reader feel like a shameful bad person because of their superficial problems.

This article, at least the impression i experienced from reading it was that it was trying to guilt me that my problems aren’t as challenging as people who are starving to death in poverty or someone suffering from a terminal illness. What might not seem like a big problem to one person can be feel like the end of the world to another. This insensitive downplay inadvertently adds to the shame and such expressions just fed into the negative validation of the person’s beliefs- that they are flawed or that the way they think is broken. There are people that “have it worse” so their emotions are wrong.

Self acceptance is the soul key to happiness and inner peace. Articles like this are causing more harm than good by segregating us from eachother and ourselves. Separation

Creates suffering.

Alissa Aug 7, 2012 9:41am

I love Elephant Journal, but this infographic was a fail (for me at least) in my morning coffee scan of favorite blogs. Where did you get the numbers? Maybe I'm backward in how I read this, but these stats all illustrate (in how they're presented) that life, in fact, DOES suck for most people, elsewhere in the world. And this is ostensibly a call to feel grateful, and I've always thought it's bad form to look at others struggling as a relative point to compare one's own (great) fortune. As icing on the top, these stats are totally invalidated and have no citations. (First rule of infographics to to cite your data.) Luckily at least two of these "stats" don't match current United Nation validated numbers (like worldwide illiteracy–as of 1998 it was only 16% of the ~7 billion global pop, e.g. waaaay lower than this inforgraphic would claim.) I expect more from you, Elephant Journal.

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