I’m sure you’ve heard it on the news. On the radio. Surfing on the Internet.
“Earthquake hits Haiti—thousands dead”.
An unfortunate event no doubt. The worst part about the event is that the Haitians had no way of protecting themselves or minimizing the damage. According to Wikipedia.com:
“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agriculture sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country’s widespread deforestation.”
Think about it.
Poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Deforestation. Reliance on agriculture. If you had the option to live there, would you?
Some people there are forced to live there. They are simply too poor to relocate themselves to another area. So they make the best of their situation.
Now for an example you may be able to relate to: Hurricane Katrina.
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I remember it was my second year of college. After an uneventful summer break, I was excited to see friends at a Hawaiian themed luau complete with a succulent roasted pig. After the party, I got a phone call from my dad telling me that we’re evacuating the city. I was scared.
We ended up staying at Mount Vernon High School where I served as a Red Cross volunteer. After staying at the school for roughly two weeks, my family and I went back to our home on the Westbank.
If you were startled by the aftermath of Katrina, did you stay? Why?
Photo Credit: Maggie Smith
And now for the lesson.
Even though people may have less than desirable conditions, what keeps them going is their hope. Keep in mind that this hope does nothing without the desire to follow through with it.
To succeed in both the PUA world and the real world, this hope must be maintained regardless of any external factors. Disaster is healthy for the soul since it strengthens its survivors. These people go on regardless of what happened to them.
The next time you feel like giving up, remember a time when you struggled. Remember how you overcame that struggle. And put that feeling into action.
Until we meet again,
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