Why Not Me?

If you live long enough, you will ask yourself “Why me?” We all wonder why bad things are happening to us. It is not an easy answer because there are many possible reasons why we are in the dilemma that we are facing:

  • We made a bad choice and now we have to face the consequences.
  • We were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • We were hanging out with the wrong crowd.
  • We are human beings and it goes with the territory.

We have a tendency to go into the self-pity mode when things go wrong. Have you not said things like this:

  • Why do things like this always happen to me?
  • When am I going to get a break?

Somebody call the waaaaambulance. LOL. Waaaa waaaa waaaa. Some people seem to wallow in it. Life is not fair. That is the bottom line. We are raised with this sense of entitlement that we deserve fair treatment. I get that, and trust me, I want it too. However, life does not turn out the way we think it should. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. Sometimes it makes you just scratch your head and say, “What is up with THAT, God?”

I think that we have to expect unfair treatment. We have to be prepared for it and not blindsided by it. We have to anticipate it so that we can roll with the punches. Watch a great boxer. They bob and weave. They try to avoid the direct punches and especially the sucker-punches (the ones you don’t see coming). They have their guard up as well to deflect the blows.

The problem most of us have is that we let our guard down and then we get smacked in the face. Like a boxer, we have to be ready, we have to train, and we have to fight. There is a war going on for our minds, our hearts, and our souls. Don’t let the enemy catch you napping. Treat others fairly, but don’t be surprised if you don’t always get it in return.

This is not to paint a picture of despair nor give you indigestion. Life is great. It is beautiful and I am excited about what tomorrow holds. I just know that I need to be prepared, come what may.

Shalom!

Dan Skognes

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