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4. Set your ego aside. 

Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, talk of rodents in someone’s home caused great shame. Thus, when the New York City mice took residence in my apartment, I was embarrassed to tell anyone, and I tried to fight them on my own.

However, when I realised the problem was beyond my abilities, I finally asked for help. Not only did I tap into the years of experience and knowhow of people in my community but I also learned a lesson in humility.

Letting our egos dictate our lives prevents us from learning from each other. Indeed, humility and openness will take you further than trying to do everything by yourself.

5. Understand you are not alone. 
New York City Madonna mice
‘Saturday Night with Romeo’: Madonna chats with fans.

During a live chat with fans on Saturday Night with Romeo, Madonna’s bathroom was invaded by an uninvited guest: A rodent. As skin-crawling as the scene was to watch, it taught us that nobody is immune to the scourge that is New York City mice.

In fact, the American Housing Survey states that over 1.1 million households in New York reported issues with mice or rats in 2015. That accounted for over 16 percent of all homes that participated in the study..

Simply, no matter what you face in life, there is someone who understands. By sharing your stories, you can find comfort in knowing there are people who have experienced what you’re going through.

6. Express gratitude.

I never thought I would be grateful for my time with mice but fighting them has made me a more observant, solution-oriented person. Moreover, I have learned to laugh at those eventful days because living with rodents was certainly not boring.

There is always something for which you can express gratitude. No matter how grim circumstances may seem, look at them as opportunities to grow instead of punishments.

This quote is long but it serves this point well!

“Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.” – Anonymous

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