It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success
Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress
I grew up in the city and though some times we had less
Compared to some of my niggas down the block
Man, we were blessed
And life can’t be no fairytale, no once upon a time
But I be God damned if a nigga don’t be tryin’
So tell me mama please why you be drinking all the time?
Does all the pain he brought you still linger in your mind?
Cause pain still lingers on mine
On the road to riches listen this is what you’ll find
The good news is nigga you came a long way
The bad news is nigga you went the wrong way
Think being broke was better
I think most problems in the world stem from the fact of people not being grateful for what they have or where they have come from. The dictionary describes the word grateful as “being appreciative of kindness or benefits received”. Being grateful is not settling, it is celebrating what you have and it is saying thanks despite of all the odds because it could be worst or you could have nothing; you can be grateful and still work towards better. People tend to look at their friend, neighbour or a stranger and start to “covet” what they have whether that is a relationship, car, house, jewellery or clothes. I wouldn’t say I am a Christian but I know a few things and its interesting that the bible speaks about this same thing, just saying. Either way we tend to look at situations without knowing the variables like how they got it and what they are doing to keep it but all we know is we want it too. So many people have robbed cheated, lied, blackmailed and stole to keep up with the Joneses and to keep relationships while the same people that we want to emulate are barely getting by or are tormented by their choices to obtain these things,
Always gon’ be a bigger house somewhere, but nigga feel me
Long as the people in that motherfucker love you dearly
Always gon’ be a whip that’s better than the one you got
Always gon’ be some clothes
That’s fresher than the ones you rock
Always gon’ be a bitch that’s badder out there on the tours
But you ain’t never gon’ be happy till you love yours
All I’m saying is learn to be thankful and love what you have first because how can you learn to love or appreciate what you wish to have if you don’t do the same with what you have that is in front of you right now. You see to me life is about levels and most things prepare us for what we want or wish for. Each level requires a different understanding and that comes via a test. Just like how we take a test to earn a certificate, associate degree, degree or masters so why do you think the same principal wouldn’t apply to life ? Life in it self is a test and a chest game for me so how you score for the most part will be known at some point and how you move will be reflected. I would like to believe that all of us are trying to become a better version of ourselves (progress) but one of the steps in that journey is learning to be thankful. As Jcole said this is the reality, there will always be something you “think” is “better than what you have” but even so you never going be happy until you learn to love yours.