Winners vs Losers

In My Eyes: By Edward Antonio
Sometimes, people are too conceited and selfish that they find themselves alone in the middle of the crowd. There are lots of noises but they are not even a part of the revelry.

One such person is Buena. Buena lives in a big house surrounded by a high, concrete fence. When her family celebrates an important occasion, she only invites her amigas. She doesn’t invite her neighbors.

One night, Buena, her family and her friends went to the city for an overnight party. She locked all the doors. She padlocked, too her big gate. That night, a faulty electrical wiring sparked and started a fire in her house. Her neighbors noticed the smoke and responded to quench the fire. They used a ladder to scale the walls and the high windows. In no time, the fire was controlled with very minimal damage to the house. The firemen came and declared the house already safe.

When Buena arrived and learned of the matter, she was moved to tears of the kindness her neighbors showed in saving her house.

“Thank you very much,” were the words she said all day long.

Bena realized she had neighbors. Since then, she was no longer alone and lived with them in harmony and peace.

People who are rich are not always winners. The poor may not have all the amenities in life, but they live in a community of helping, sharing and cooperation.

Negativism is what makes people selfish and self-centered. They only think of themselves. They do not care about the plight or feelings of others. They do not see positive in a negative situation.

Wise men and philosophers throughout the ages have disagreed on many things, but many are in unanimous agreement on one point: “We become what we think about.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.”

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”

In the Bible we find: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

One Sunday afternoon, a cranky grandfather was visiting his family. As he lay down to take a nap, his grandson decided to have a little fun by putting spoiled cheese on grandfather’s mustache.

Soon, grandpa awoke with a snort and charged out of the bedroom saying, “This room stinks.”

Through the house he went, finding every room smelling the same.

Desperately he made his way outside only to find that “the whole world stinks!”

The same is true when we fill our minds with negativism. Everything we experience and everybody we encounter will carry the scent we hold in our mind.

A baby was kidnapped one winter day by a warring tribe and was left on the mountain to die. The child’s mother and five of his kinsmen climbed the mountain to retrieve the baby. When they reached the foot of the mountain, her 5 kinsmen climbed up but after an hour, she followed their trail. Another hour passed and the 5 men returned empty-handed.

Feeling hopeless and helpless, the men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below.

As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking toward them. She was coming down from the mountain with something on her back.

And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be?

One man greeted her and said, “We couldn’t climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”

She shrugged her shoulders and said, “It wasn’t your baby.”

To cap my stories of wisdom, here are relevant lines for all of us to live by: It is entitled “Winners Versus Losers.”

Winners versus Losers

The Winner is always a part of the answer;
The Loser is always a part of the problem.
The Winner always has a program;
The Loser always has an excuse.
The Winner says, “Let me do it for you.”
The Loser says, “That’s not my job.”
The Winner sees an answer for every problem;
The Loser sees a problem in every answer.
The Winner says, “It may be difficult but it’s possible;”
The Loser says, “It may be possible but it’s too difficult.”