My husband has this D.H. Lawrence quote as the screen saver on his computer. It's a reminder to him that self pity is a human condition and one that we need to combat wherever possible. Nobody likes a light sucker and nobody wants to be around someone who is always feeling sorry for themselves.
So much of our happiness and contentment is determined by what goes on in our heads and how we perceive our world. We can choose to focus on the not-so-great stuff and sit around having our own little pity party, or we can choose to look at the good stuff instead. We can be grateful to be alive and well and living in a beautiful country that has so much to offer us. We have friends and family who love us, jobs to keep us busy, projects that we can involve ourselves in to give us purpose, and a future that holds whatever we choose to aim towards.
I don't intend to be the light sucker that nobody wants to talk to because I'm always whinging about something. I don't want to sit back and accept stuff that makes me miserable. I intend to be proactive - to make changes (even when it's scary!) and to create a world that I can be content in and that has possibilities that I can look forward to. I don't want to be the old person who sits at home waiting for the family to visit, complaining about my aches and pains and generally being sad and sorry for myself. No, I intend to be the old lady still having a blast in my 80's and beyond!
This post was part of the #1word challenge - this week's word was "pity"