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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Welcome To The Sad Sack Whiner’s Hall of Fame: Part 1 of 2

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Judging by the title, this is certainly not the best way to start your day. Quite a negative thought, isn’t it? Nonetheless, doesn’t the title speak to the way you’ve been living your life?

How is that? Please come again?

Well, first and foremost, let me start off by saying that sad sacks are habitual complainers. Wherever they go, the atmosphere completely changes. They’re easily spotted with their drooped shoulders, their shuffled walk, their expressionless faces, their averted eyes and their sagging chins. They spend their days hunched over, forever carrying baggage from all sorts of little upsets, imparting negative vibrations to everyone they meet. Because they’re always so immersed in their current difficulties and never-ending problems, people do their best to avoid these Sad Sacks. Their constant complaining aggravates everyone within listening range. These individuals have no sense of direction in life, and no matter where they are, they are always unhappy. So they find themselves raging against fate, though it is their own choices and actions that create their unhappy environment. It’s true, you reap what you sow. Sad Sacks forever bemoan their pasts, whining about the present and remaining ever fearful of the future. As a result of this negative attitude, their outlook on life is so limited that they can’t visualize the opportunities and the wondrous possibilities that may come their way. They prefer to wallow in their dismal rut and to whine.

A steady flow of negative thoughts consume them, such as:

“You know what; No matter how hard I try to get ahead, I always end up with the short end of the stick.”

“How come he got the promotion when I’ve been here longer and am better qualified?”

“Why, especially now, when I don’t have the money, did this opportunity have to come?”

“How in the world am I supposed to achieve anything when I have so much on my plate?”

They allow the “woe is me” victim’s role to dominate them, often causing unfavorable conditions to continue for them. Without a doubt, like will always attract like, because that is the Law of Attraction.

I understand that there are times when you feel like you’re drowning in your own problems, choking, gasping for air, unable to shout out or call for help. Sure, not seeing your expectations materialized is a terrible, crushing blow to your self-esteem. Of course it hurts. It is horrendously stressful to live like that. Even misfortunes that are suddenly thrust upon us can trigger emotions that have the ability to revolutionize the way we live and relate to others. Though unpleasant circumstances can culminate in “Hard Times” for any individual, the danger here is that the more disappointments in life an individual encounters along the way, the more they will eventually believe that life is against them. Negative minded people have poor coping skills. This is why they are vulnerable to stress. The slightest problem crushes their self-esteem, killing confidence in their ability to cope with issues. As a result, they begin to cultivate the “woe is me” victim’s mentality, which eventually will earn them their rightful place as an inductee into the “Sad Sack Whiner’s Hall of Fame.” However, it’s best not to play the victim in as much as your destiny has not already been written. You write it yourself. Each and every life is an autobiography to be written by its author, it is not a biography written beforehand by someone else. There is hope, a light at the end of the tunnel, so please don’t throw in the towel yet and call it quits. Each story is different, and you can’t change your story, but you can control how you react to your story as it unfolds, and you can help change the outcome in a positive or negative way.

In part two of this two-part series, we’ll discuss ways that you can learn to positively face challenges so that you can avoid the “Sad Sack Whiner’s Hall of Fame.”

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