There is always someone who is worse off than you
I forget who I was talking to, but it was a woman who was relating some issue that she had, and comparing it to another person she knew, who had a much more serious issue. She realized that her issue was not nearly so serious as she had thought, compared to her friend’s.
It reminded me of the aphorism “I wept because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” No matter how bad things get, there is always someone who is worse off than you.
I think people need to remember that at least once a week. So many people feel sorry for themselves. It would help if they were even slightly telepathic. It would put their pain in perspective very quickly.