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Content to deal with my own problems

link Sandy Fields

Local columnist

“If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.”

I'm not sure when I first heard this paraphrased, but it seems it has been in the past five years. I admit my ignorance to you today, as I've just stumbled across this quotation, and the realization of its centuries old origin.

I would never have dreamed the author to be the philosopher Socrates… a man who lived 400 years before Christ, and who certainly knew about misfortune, being sentenced to death for his political views.

It's a good thought for pondering. I tend to agree. It would be different if we could throw our problems onto a pile and walk away with none, but this world will always send misfortune our way.

The cares and concerns of my day seemed a bit overwhelming around 7:30 in the morning. By noon, they were nothing compared to the misery I knew others were facing. I didn't want to trade places or walk a mile in different shoes.

Just as Socrates predicted, I shall be content to deal with my own problems.

Sandy keeps an online journal at her website E-mail her at:

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