Many of the world’s greatest people came from very humble beginnings. Former US president Ronald Reagan’s father was an alcoholic. He would sometimes drink until he passed out in the front yard of his house. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be for your neighbors to see your father passed out on your front lawn? The family moved from town to town as his father lost job after job. But instead of letting a rough upbringing ruin him, Ronal Reagan allowed it to make him stronger.
Though former President Jimmy Carter’s father died a relatively wealthy man, between Earl’s forgiveness of debts owed to him and the division of his wealth among his heirs, Jimmy Carter inherited comparatively little. For a period of time, due to a limited real estate market, the Carters lived in public housing for the poor.
Jack Canfield’s father abused him and his mother divorced him when Jack was young, but Jack went on to be one of the world’s best loved authors. Psychologists say 80% of families are dysfunctional.
Tom Monaghan’s father died when he was four years old. His mother had a very difficult time raising Tom and his younger brother, so she put them in an orphanage for six years. Later he bought a small pizza shop, worked extremely long hours, suffered serious debt problems and saw his shop burn to the ground. But every time his plans were thwarted, he picked himself up and kept working. Now his is one of the richest men in America and his Domino’s Pizza Restaurants are famous.
Did you have lousy parents? Maybe they had anger problems or mistreated you and your siblings. That doesn’t mean you will do the same. You can get rid of the habits that were instilled in you by your parents. You don’t have to let those memories ruin your joy. When you forgive, the person you help most is yourself.
Don’t let anything that has happened to you in the past, don’t let any mistake keep you down. Mistakes can make you stronger. Everybody makes mistakes in life, everybody has done things they are ashamed of and would like a chance to do over.
Every day is a brand new day. Like Zig Zigglar (he was extremely poor growing up) says: “Today’s gonna be a great day and tomorrow’s gonna be even better!” Your best is still ahead of you.
Don’t let divorce, wayward children, unfair spouse, or a mean boss keep you down. Keep working and believing and you can turn any bad situation around.