The Secret of Survival

We are not alone in this life. And we could gain a lot of perspective when we spend time with other people. Often times, people give us advice on what we could not see because we’re too immersed in the situation. Sometimes we need fresh eyes to look at something on a different angle and provide us with insights that would turn out to be helpful. Also, when we share our joys with other people, they could celebrate with us, and when we’re feeling down, we can count on them to hear our side of the story. It’s better to rely on someone and not carry all the burden on our own all the time.

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.

Ecclesiastes 4:9

There’s an old Swedish motto that hangs in many a kitchen: “Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” . . . The secret of survival is not simply enjoying life’s joys and enduring its sorrows, it is in sharing both with others.

We gain perspective by having somebody at our side. We gain objectivity. We gain courage in threatening situations. Having others near tempers our dogmatism and softens our intolerance. We gain another opinion. We gain what today, in our technical world, is called “input.”

In other words, it is better not to work or live one’s life all alone. It’s better not to minister all alone. It’s better to have someone alongside us in the battle. For that reason, during my days in the Marines, we were taught that if the command “dig in” were issued, we should dig a hole large enough for two.

(Taken from Charles Swindoll’s Wisdom for the way, “Shared Joy Is Double Joy”.)


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