Posts Tagged ‘fairness’

May 7 Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

I know the world isn’t fair, but why isn’t it ever unfair in my favor?
Bill Watterson

 

I’ve told my granddaughter a hundred times that life isn’t fair.  Every time the neighbor girl gets a new bike and she doesn’t, life isn’t fair.  Get used to it.  When the Little Guy gets to stay up late and she doesn’t, life isn’t fair.  Get used to it.  It occurs to me I might be teaching her to have a negative outlook on life.  If you really stop to look at it, life has been unfair in her favor.  She had a new bike several months before the neighbor girl.  The Little Guy has been running a fever all day.  He needs to stay up and be rocked by Grandma.  She’s been perfectly healthy, playing outside all day with friends and dancing to her new favorite music.  All that activity has made her tired and in need of rest.  The fact is that life isn’t always fair but, if we stop to look, life has been unfair in our favor a lot.  We just need to adjust our focus.

April 16 Daily Quote

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Oscar Wilde

Children complain to us all the time about how unfair life is. The neighbor boy has a nicer bike, the neighbor girls Barbie house is bigger, relatives have more pets. The list goes on and on. We do the same thing as adults. We just pretend to be more sophisticated about it. As a parent, we remind our children that the neighbor boy may have the nicer bike but you have the pool, the girl has a bigger doll house but you have more dolls. It might be a good idea for us adults to remind ourselves of the good in our lives (a lot of which is not deserved) rather than obsess over the perceived lack.