“Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.” – Fjodor Dostojevski
Human beings are creatures that simply like to complain all the time. We experience our joys as a given and we tend to focus on what goes wrong in our lives. Instead of being happy about the thousands of blessings we receive during our lifetime, we enlarge the troubles we encounter on our path.
Start concentrating on the many joys you experience in your life. There are plenty of blessings that you consider naturally. Is it not wonderful to have a sister or a brother to play with? Many people do not have a sibling to share time with. Are you not one of the lucky people that has food on the table every day? For many out there it is a daily fight to obtain a loaf of bread and a cup of potable water. Are you not extremely grateful that you do not have to live in a war-torn country while so many do not even have a roof above their heads due to the continuous bombings?
Fjodor Dostojevski was a Russian writer who lived during the 19th century. His most famous novels are Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. The philosophical side of his writings influenced well-known philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Friedrich Nietzsche. At some point during his life, Dostojevski was sentenced to death because he belonged to a literary group that discussed banned books. Eventually, he only spent some years in a Siberian prison camp. He also developed a gambling problem which left him with little money. Although Dostojevski’s work has been translated into more than 170 languages, he received a decent amount of criticism. That other great contemporary Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoj, criticised the puppet-like characters that Dostojevski portrayed in his books.