How do I not feel bad when bad things do take place
Like disasters and hate crimes? Do I just ignore
My emotions completely? That doesn’t seem right.
I do not have an insatiable appetite
For adverse situations, yet I would be more
Of an android if tragedy I didn’t face.
When bad things happen out there, I can either get
A good lesson from it, or I could play the role
Of the innocent victim. The choice is my own.
There’s no dark quandary into which I am thrown.
If I ponder the lesson, I will be made whole.
If the victim I do play, I will know regret.
People may do things to me. It’s how I react
To what’s done that’s the difference between being
A fully functioning person or a victim.
The latter only leads to a future that’s dim.
I may kick myself in the butt for not seeing
The big picture and from it all I can extract.
If something that has happened has made me feel bad,
Then why did it wait until I knew about it?
The fact is that I make my own self feel this way.
Bad things happen. That’s life. It’s up to me to play
Life in a way that is to my full benefit.
I may find that my teacher is my best comrade.