Lovely Thing~ Declining an Invitation to a Pity Party

pity partyRecently, I decided to throw a great big pity party. I had several wonderful reasons for my sad soiree. As the only guest on the invitation list, I tried declining graciously, but the hostess was unrelenting!

“We can lament about the past and worry about the future,” said she. “We can relive hurtful conversations, binge on junk food, and drink too much wine!”

I realized she would not be assuaged until I gave her a little tough love. “Though it pains me to say it,” I told her, “I’m sending my regrets to your pity party for the following reasons.

1. They are boring. Your party games are dull. Pin the Guilt on the Donkey and Hide and Go Weep are lame. Besides, no one comes to your parties but me.

2. They are ungrateful. Look around; you have so much to celebrate. Why would you want to focus on the few things that present a challenge?  That leads me to my next reason I can’t attend your party.

3. They are uninspiring. If there are things in your life that are making you unhappy, empower yourself to change them. What’s that? Some things are out of your control? Exactly.

4. They are pointless. There are certain things in life you can’t control. Let it go, Elsa. Let. It. Go.

5. They are sad. Parties are suppose to be fun. Sorry, sister, but your parties suck.  And you can keep that favor bag filled with resentment, hopelessness, envy, shame, and despair.

I know my RSVP sounds a little harsh, but the hostess took it pretty well. The next time you’re invited to your own pity party, I hope this helps you decline the invitation.

“Self-pity is our worst enemy. If we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.” ~ Helen Keller

Think On These Things ~ Alicia


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