Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Defy the Obvious

 

Why do some people seem to defy the obvious? We can see that their situation is hopeless and yet they act as if it is not a fact for them. Are they blind, stupid or mad? They are certainly not rational.

Some people are happy in situations that make most of us shudder at the thought of it happening to us. Terminal illness, disability, low income, war, disease, starvation, and the like. We can't see how it is possible.

Some admittedly in those situations give up and shut down while others struggle on day by day. What makes the difference? What makes some people carry on defying the obvious?

They defy the obvious not because they are certain of eventual success but rather because trying gives them hope and without hope life is just a living death.

Your thoughts?

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7 conversations:

Outsourcing to India said...

I m agree with you, some time they loose every thing and there is no hope to ween even though they behave like nothing is happened to them. there might be 2 reason 1) they are over confident people 2) they afraid of their weakness.

Evan said...

I would be an advocate of this line of thinking. What you "Thunk" is what you "Believe". What you believe is what becomes your "Reality".

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

It's our survival instinct. Some have it and some don't. Things can be pretty hopeless, and I've felt that way a time or two, but I never gave up. I am happy I continued on. All these things you cite can happen to any of us, it's our approach that counts. It's called life. Excellent post Peter. :)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

if you just shut down what do you gain? if you plow forward at least you have some life. right?

smiles, bee

Jennifer said...

H Peter...

Ohhh I just finished reading, "Survivor"... a fabulous book on why people survive and why they don't.

Anyway... the author speaks to the differences in those who survive a horrible situation ... one of traits of those who survive against all odds is that they are able to see something good, to adapt to their situations, and to decide that they will life.

It is quite an incredible book!

The mind is a powerful thing... :-)

JJ

Peter Haslam said...

Thank you everyone for your great comments that enrich the conversation :)

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