"There was once a fellow who saw everyone around him as his enemy. His view was that his kids gave him nothing but problems, his wife was constantly cross with him, the people he worked with were a bunch of morons, and the government was even worse. He constantly complained that just about every person around him seemed to be out to get him. Finally he began praying to have a different life: day after day, week after week, and year after year. Eventually, even God became his enemy, for why would a loving God give him such a miserable life and never answer his prayers?
After he died he was complaining once again to God. Finally God said, "my son, you kept praying for a different life and I kept sending you teachers to teach you what you needed to be happy. I sent you your children to teach you understanding, patience, and perseverance. I sent you your wife to teach you how to listen with the heart. I sent you countless people to teach you how to forgive, and even more to teach you how to be of service and make a difference. In your next life, please pay attention to the teachers I send you and it will go much more smoothly than this last time around.""