But, outside of major life tragedies like divorces or deaths, I now think it’s mostly true. You can’t always control what life throws at you. You can only control how you respond to it, and how we respond to challenges in the long term can make them worse or better — perpetuate them or help us to learn from the lessons they might offer.
And the actions we choose to take which make those challenges better in the long term are not always the ones that make us feel better in the short term.
That might seem a simple lesson. But it’s taken me a long time to learn it.