There were two brothers in a small village in the Eastern Cape. The twin brothers grew up knowing nothing else but poverty. Their father was an alcoholic and their mother a domestic worker. They grew up with very little.
Bad luck crushed their hopes even further. On their way home one day, their parents died instantly in a bus accident. No wonder the brothers' condition became even worse. At age 17 they separated.
Years and years later a family member decided to find them for a family reunion. One of the brothers was a wealthy engineer owning a construction company. He had a wife and three beautiful kids. However, the other was an alcoholic with no sense of direction for his life.
The family member asked the engineer, "How did your life turn out like this?"
"My father was an alcoholic. My parents died when I was small. I had no option but to come out of this desperate situation I was in. What did you expect with a childhood like mine?" he answered.
She moved on to the other brother with the same question.
"My father was an alcoholic. My parents died when I was small. This is how life treated me. What did you expect with a childhood like mine?" was his answer.
People are not disturbed by the things that happen, but by their perception of the things that happen.