Don’t succumb to self pity

Don’t succumb to self pity
Date June 18, 2004
Section(s) Opinion
To the Editor:

I’m feeling the need to share my thoughts with others in case it makes a difference.

I have been blessed with a job at Maytag for many years, have seen many good friends lose their jobs and others who have left on their own which has increased the workload and lowered the morale. After realizing that self-pity does not help anyone, a famous quote by John F. Kennedy came to mind, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” This quote can apply to anything in our life such as what you can do for your employer, community, marriage, family, church and your God.

What has helped me cope with the struggles in life is reading the Bible. So, for others who are looking for the truth, read the essence of the law in Deuteronomy 10:12-22. The heart of the law is love and we express that love through the values we rank, but because we all have our values ranked differently, this causes conflict among each other.

There is a system that was developed in 1965 by Maulana Karenga called Kwanzaa. The system was developed to help individuals, families, communities, nation and race. There are seven principles of Kwanzaa found in the Bible and I would encourage all Maytag employees, as well as the community, to read, reflect and react positive from meditating on the word.

1. Unity: Psalm 133; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

2. Self determination: Judith 8:9

3. Collective work and responsibility: Deuteronomy 8:11-18

4. Cooperative economics: Matthew 16:25

5. Purpose: Romans 8:28

6. Creativity: Matthew 25:14-30

7. Faith: Galatians 6:9

We were born for a purpose so if we live each day for our creator and do our best for him with the gifts he has given us, then life has purpose and meaning.

Monica Skokan



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