In 2010, 12,996 people were murdered... in the US alone
An earthquake hit Haiti and killed 220,000 people.
Floods in Pakistan left 11 million homeless.
That year there were 237,868 **** cases... that were reported.
1,529,560 American citizens were diagnosed with cancer
And about 200,000 people died due to dehydration.
So please, tell me how you’re having a bad day.
Tell me how your house was too cold when you rolled out of bed.
How the women who made your coffee didn’t put enough cream in it.
Tell me about the job that keeps a roof over your head and food in your stomach and how much you hate it.
Tell me about the leftover morsels of burnt food sitting in your trashcan that weren’t good enough for you to eat while hundreds of thousands of children go hungry every day.
Tell me about how your kids were too loud and gave you a headache
And tell me about the acetaminophen sitting in your cabinet, available within seconds while people are dying all over the world with incurable diseases.
Tell me about the traffic you were stuck in when others are walking their travels with no shoes.
Tell me about how unfortunate we are to have tragedies so small that they can balance on a tight rope with no struggle.
Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head in an assassination attempt.
She was unconscious for months and no one thought she would be able to function properly again.
But she did.
She woke up without a complaint and continued to fight for education rights in Pakistan for women.
Did I mention that she was only fifteen?
So tell me how Monday mornings are too hard for you to get out of bed.
How you’re exhausted of always working, always learning,
Always having the opportunities to do so.
Tell me how your alarm clock sings the marching song to your own personal hell.
And how the jacket that keeps you warm is the wrong color.
So I dare you
Every time you get the urge
to open your mouth and complain about whatever little problems ail you,
Instead of letting negativity fly from between your lips
Say something that has gone right with today.
Sure, there was traffic, but you had the time to listen to your favorite song...
One or nine times.
Maybe your kids were too loud, but at least it was their laughter instead of their cries.
Let the good outweigh the bad
And see the world through a kaleidoscope tinted with positivity.
Realize some people have had it worse than you ever have from the day that they were born.
And stop picking out the small struggles that could easily be covered by the fortune you have just by waking up in the right place every morning.
Be grateful that you aren’t only allowed to come to school each day,
But you are encouraged to do so.
Your small talk does not need to be filled to the brim with negativity
When you see a glass of water, don’t contemplate on whether it is half full or half empty.
There is water there so drink it.