9 Ways to make yourself Miserable

  1. Count your troubles, name them one by one–at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen or as soon as possible thereafter.
  2. Worry everyday about something. Don’t let yourself get out of practice. It won’t add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.
  3. Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.
  4. Devise clever ways but decent ways to serve God and money. After all, a man’s got to live.
  5. Make it your business to find out what the Joneses are buying this year and where they’re going. Try to do them at least one better even if you have to take out another loan to do it.
  6. Stay away from absolutes. It’s what’s right for you that matters. Be your own person and don’t allow to get hung up on what others expect of you.
  7. Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people’s. You have your life to live, they have theirs.
  8. Don’t fall into any compassion traps–the sort of situation where people can walk all over you. If you get too involved in other people’s troubles, you may neglect your own.
  9. Don’t let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what’s really relevant–things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones–they are where it’s at now.

I believe these came from the pen of Elisabeth Elliot


One Response to 9 Ways to make yourself Miserable

  1. pistolpete says:

    Excellent suggestions. I believe I will start each day from here on out with the resolution to be absolutely miserable. Then, I will post the results on my blog so everyone who views it can become as miserable as I am.

    Thank you,
    TR (aka Pistol Pete)

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