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When I Thought Life Is Not Fair


"Who says life is fair, where is that written?"-William Goldman, The Princess Bride

I thought the good ones are rewarded and the bad ones are punished

I thought kindness and hard work are enough to make one's life flourish

I thought that all battles in life are won by playing fair and square

I thought it's not bad to give when you have more than enough to share

I thought people will not betray you if you have shown them kindness

I thought to deceive your family, friends and loved ones is heartless

I thought all people are equal regardless of race and status

I thought to look down on another person is truly vicious

I thought it's our responsibility to always do our best

I thought those who short-change others in any ways should not be blessed

I thought cheating and dishonesty should not be tolerated

I thought being understanding of others would stop the hatred

I swear I have seen, witnessed, and even experienced most of these

I wonder why these things are not why they should be so we'll have peace

But then life is not fair, was never fair and will never be fair

Unfairness is just everywhere and everyone has their fair share

It is part of our lives so might as well accept and deal with it

To dwell on it may leave us bitter and frustrated so beat it

Everyone thought the same but not everyone will just sulk and blame

Whether you're sidetracked and left behind in the race, stay in the game

So when everything seems to be working against us just hold on

After all, "however long the night, we'll soon see the break of dawn."

"One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others, thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It's not and it won't. When we make this mistake we tend to spend a lot of time wallowing and/or complaining about what's wrong with life. "It's not fair," we complain, not realizing that, perhaps, it was never intended to be."- Richard Carlson

© 2021 Harriet Dionela