Life’s Not Fair. So Now What?

Disheartening axioms that include no remedy are annoying.😫

Life’s not fair.

So what should we do?

  • Hold our noses and take it?
  • Get liquored up and not care?
  • Turn to a life of clandestine crime against the “bad guys?”

None of these are healthy choices.

Here’s an idea: since life’s not fair, make it fairer.

Now, that’s a possible remedy!

Yes, it’s a tall order, but wonderfully anticipatory. It reminds me of my favorite quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., “Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.”

After all, according to 1 Peter 2:9, “We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that we may declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

We’re torch bearers, not Twinkies in the rain!

The 13th century Persian poet, Rumi, is one of my favorite torch bearer types. No, he wasn’t a Christian, but he’s right about how to make life more decent.

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.


Next to his quote in my journal I wrote, “A Royal Priest for God – 1 Peter 2:9.”

So what’s the job description for a Royal Priest? I found it in the Old Testament book of Micah–three things we can do to make life fairer.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 (NIV)

  • Act Justly – always do right by others. Right = what God would do.
  • Love Mercy – be kinder than is necessary.
  • Walk Humbly with God – He’s the Savior. It’s not about us.

If enough of God’s people consistently did these things, it could make the world a better place.

My father, a math teacher, used to say, “Life is like arithmetic. In any given situation people either add, subtract, multiply or divide.”

Sounds like a plan! We should at LEAST add to the quality of life around us, and make it our goal to multiply.

One more thought from my man, Rumi:

“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place”

Make life fairer

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49 responses to “Life’s Not Fair. So Now What?”

  1. BG Avatar

    Royal priests bearing torches! Love and warmth shown to others at all times! Something to Rumi-nate on! 😊👊🏼

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  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks for sharing, Matcha. It does seem that extremes are a way of life for you. But, like you said, God evens things out.

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  3. Matcha Avatar

    Life is truly unfair, however, I noticed God has a way of balancing things out. I lost a lot, yet gained a lot more. There are ups and downs. For me, those just tend to be extremes. 😅

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. I, too, am weary of negative news. I gave it up for Lent, in fact. Didn’t really miss it.

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  5. Island Traveler Avatar

    When life gives us rotten, thorny fruits , we remember the lemonades God generously gave, both the one we asked and the ones that just fell in our doorsteps. Beautiful rich wonderful inspiration post my friend. Always nice to read something good & hopeful. I’m tired of my Iphone news feeds, all bad stuff and nothing really positive. Take care.

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Zelda. Will do!


  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true, Chris. What you said is what I meant for this post to say. If that makes any sense. Thank you for your contribution, brother.

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Tina! I hope you have a fantastic week too. Blessings.

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  9. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    I love the idea of looking into what is the role of a priest since we are one. You’re right. If we did those three things consistently, how different would the world be? We need to put on our priestly robes and do the work of priests now more than ever. Thanks for the reminder.

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  10. Tina Avatar

    Very nice post, David. There are too many great insights to quote you, or Rumi. Good stuff. Thanks for posting. Have a fantastic week!

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  11. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Blessings brother. I’m catching up on my reading and writing so I’m sure we will be chatting over the next few days and weeks.

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  12. Zelda Rene Avatar

    Exactly! And you’re sincerely welcome, David–I may be scarce, as Time has impacted my energy to blog–but I’ll check in with you when I’m able. Take good care, and keep up the positive “preaching”!😊

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Zelda. Yes, like the old farmers used to say, “When you find a big stump, sometimes the best thing to do is plow around it.

    Thank you for liking, commenting AND following!



  14. Zelda Rene Avatar

    Wonderful post, Brother David! If we get stuck in the “it’s not fair” mire, it can take awhile to get out…best to step around it! God bless you this Holy Week.

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks,Rainer. Reading about your new adventure, feeding the homeless in Dallas, is inspiring. I can’t help but think God set you up for this—after all your experience in the food service industry. It’s a perfect fit! I appreciate your reading and commenting. My dad was a wise man. He’s been gone since 2007, but I can still think of what he might say in just about any situation.

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  16. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Great post, David. I actually meditated on Micah 6:8 just the other day. I love the Rumi quotes as well as your Dad’s reflection on life. We can all add more goodness to the neighborhoods we inhabit. Blessings.

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! Making life more fair helps me feel like I make a difference in my little corner of the world.
    Thank you for reading and commenting.



  18. scribelady Avatar

    Thank you for some different perspective on the fact that “Life’s Not Fair”–that it’s not fair, so let’s work to make it fairer! That perspective allows me to shoot for something brighter than complaining. You’ve made my day brighter just by posting this.

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m glad it gave you a laugh, Manette. I like how you said, “laugh a good dose of medicine. “ Don’t we all need that, from time to time?! You are most welcome. I am grateful for your thoughts. Blessings.

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  20. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    This was a great post. Like everyone else is saying the Rumi quote and the Micah verse are wonderful selections. But no one has mentioned your line, “We’re torchbearers, not Twinkies in the rain!” This made me smile big and laugh a good dose of medicine. Thank you!

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome. Blessings right at you!

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You are braver than me, Jeff. I suppose you’re right, though. Life excels at showing us what we stink at. One way to improve your lot is to stay in a good lane. Blessings.

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  23. booferchick Avatar

    Micah 6:8 is the perfect verse to go over each morning! To better equip us all the day being the best representatives of Christ! Thank you for your post! Blessings!

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  24. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    This one is fun to read. A lot of good ideas. Honestly, I enjoy disheartening axioms. Have you ever seen the demotivational posters? My favorite shows a bunch of long-distance runners. The caption: “For every winner there are dozens of losers. The odds are that you’re one of them.” It’s liberating! It echoes the old saying about wanting the faith to change what you can, the strength to endure what you can’t, and wisdom to know the difference. It frees me to exit the playing field I’m poor at and find the one where I can excel. Life isn’t fair – there will always be those better and worse than us. We just need to stay in our lane, as my daughter likes to say.

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  25. MariaTeresa Avatar


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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I look forward to reading your post about all you’ve learned from Ignatius. ❤️

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  27. MariaTeresa Avatar

    I’m one who enjoys repetition so happy it serves your soul too 😊

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes! We can each make a bit of difference. Blessings!

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  29. Perth Girl Avatar

    An encouraging message. We can make some difference in our world of influence. I love that quote by Rumi, ‘wherever you stand be the soul of that place’

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, BG. I appreciate you too!


  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, BG. You make some good points that add value to this post. It only takes a little folly to ruin things, but a little love can help. Blessings to you.


  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes! Repeat them all you want!

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  33. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Maria. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your deep dive into Saint Ignatius. I love the quote! It was actually nice reading it over and over. 😍

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  34. Betty Avatar

    Thanks, David!

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  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Alan. I always look forward to your comments. I appreciate the wee bit of Scottish wisdom. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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  36. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Betty. I hope you and Dan enjoy your weekend as well.

    When I got home yesterday afternoon I was able to watch your Friday Funny’s video of your daughter. She is a great singer!

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  37. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Gary. You always have such wisdom to add to the discussion. I appreciate your input.


  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Sally. I appreciate the excellent Gandhi quote! Enjoy your research on Rumi.

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  39. MariaTeresa Avatar

    *opps David* my copy and paste apparently was over zealous in sharing that quote. It fits to repeat those words lol 😆

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  40. MariaTeresa Avatar

    I love all of this, so much! Ending on Rumi’s wisdom makes me want to leap from my bed and wrap my arms around the world. Yes, be the soul of wherever we find ourselves and shine so much love ❤ I finished that audiobook last night and now I’m formulating an introspective post all about St. Ignatius. So very fascinated by his life and teachings. This quote of his seems fitting for your post my friend, “act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God” because we know it does🙏❤😊everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” …Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” … as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” … as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” …

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  41. BG Avatar

    Thanks for causing me to dig deep! I appreciate you so much David!

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  42. BG Avatar

    This is great advice and in depth advice. “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.”
    ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭10:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    Savour is a distinctive smell, can be referred to as “Smack,” which I find amusing. Let’s be careful how we conduct ourselves! May we not talk “smack” everytime we face a stinking issue in life. It’s important that our testimony is consistently creditable not tarnished. Acting foolishly can ruin your reputation. Thanks be to God for mercy and grace!

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  43. Sally Avatar

    Great post, David.
    I am going to research Rumi.
    I am a fan of Gandhi, who was attracted to Christ’s teachings.
    What resonated with me from his writings was : ‘Live simply, so that others can simply live’. 🤗🌼⚘

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  44. Gary Fultz Avatar

    That’s like my motivational speech for the day, week, longer David. Well said. That is the idea behind good parenting as the kids walk out the door. My kids repeat the sayings to their kids now… My son when he was younger to a bully “is this how you make friends? or do you just want to beat everybody up today?”

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  45. Betty Avatar

    “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” The perfect sentence to reflect on at the start of each new day. Enjoy your weekend, David!

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  46. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you. We can all sweep in front of our own porch and make the whole world cleaner.

    I discovered Rumi about five years ago. I appreciate his wisdom.


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  47. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    Very inspiring. We can’t change the world but we can all do our part in our small sphere of influence. Btw, I’m a fan of Rumi too 🙂

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  48. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Well said David. This is exactly the way to lead our lives as a witness to the power of Christ in us! In Scotland we have a name for those whinging negative types, we call them “Weary Wullies” (wullie = william). Such people would even complain at sunshine “och we’ll pay fir this!” On the contrary as children of God it is our duty to bring sunshine to life, in all circumstances.
    I hope that our Father will make your weekend a blessed one brother.

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