One of my other hobbies is to play on yahoo! answers. I have gone through about *mutters* accounts because...I have in the past, and sometimes recently, had to argue with a stranger on the internet because they were wrong...
Or I was just outright...and intentionally...not following terms & conditions. I'm considerably more behaved now, though I am still silly from time to time. I have an opportunity to be serious, and offer some of my life-experience based wisdom with strangers on the internet.
The following is one such example. A frequent y!a user said that she feels as if she'd hit rock bottom. I know "rock bottom" is different for other people...but I had this to say. I don't really think it was "me" cuz I really don't think I'm THIS smart. I have my moments, but again, I don't think it really comes from me. *casts eyes skyward, points and smiles*
"If you have internet access, and are not jobless and living in an emergency housing shelter with a 7 month old, you're not at rock bottom. I've been there. I refused to pay my rent because my slumlord refused to fix the sink, and refused to change the furnace or get it cleaned, and refused to have the building treated for roaches and rodents. I cleaned my apartment EVERY day, and had to do dishes in the tub. There was no reason for me to have roaches. They came from the other apartments. That was my "rock bottom." Still even then, I knew it could have been worse.
That is what gets me through tough circumstances. Things are hard RIGHT NOW. Our fridge is practically empty. Up until about two weeks ago, I had three extra kids staying with me, and we had to keep them fed. We have gone through about 30 loaves of bread this month, 8 gallons of milk, 6 dozen eggs, 8 pounds of cheese, all our canned vegetables, lots of beans and rice...Thing is, we still have a CRAP ton more than five families put together in some third world countries. We are REALLY blessed. It's been stressful...but it could have been worse. The kids never went hungry. They always had clean water. There was fresh fruit.
Remember, NO MATTER WHAT you are going through, there is someone that has it way worse than you. Tough circumstances are going to happen. It's just a part of life. The important thing is to find joy, by counting your blessings. Joy is the attitude we choose when we've really no cause to be happy.
That last line is an original. Ran it through a plagiarism checker, and there was a 0% match."