How you react to problems matter


LIFE is full of problems.
Some families are struggling financially, some children cannot continue to higher education institutions while others find it hard to put food on the table.
Whatever problems we have, never forget that it is not the problem that matters, but it is how we react to the problem.
I always remind youths and children that we can always overcome our problems if we take full responsibility of our own life and future.
Two things that holds a lot of people back is blaming and complaining.
The more you blame others, the more you shift the responsibility to another person.
On the same token, if you continue to complain, nothing much happens.
If you are a student who did not pass your grade 8, 10 or 12 examination, will you just sit there and continue to blame the education system?
It is not what happens to you but how you deal with it that really matters.
It is not where you came from that matters, it is where you are going that really matters.
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft Corporation once said, if you were born poor, it is not your mistake.
But if you die poor, it is your mistake.
The last school break, I led a team of Divine Word University students to do school awareness in East New Britain.
One of the students shared his experience that he was living with his grandparents and was working on the cocoa plantation to pay his school fees.
When the cocoa pod borer destroyed the cocoa patch, he nearly gave up but did not.
He went on to work for other people.
Sometimes he became a bus crew.
He was fighting to improve his low grades and seeking income at the same time.
Other young people often make fun of him.
Today, he is studying in Sydney after winning a scholarship while studying at Divine Word University.
Again, if we sit and wait and continue blaming and complaining, nothing happens.

Glen Burua