“A great pilot can sail even when his canvas is rent; if his ship is dismantled, he can yet put in trim what remains of her hull and hold her to course.” – Seneca
Life isn’t really out to get us, it isn’t out to ruin our day, life isn’t plotting about how to make us miserable but there are going to be days where we will not believe a single one of those words. There will be days where it will seem as though even the weather is out to destroy our mood.
The sad truth is, life isn’t out to get us because life is indifferent to our existence. We don’t matter enough for the universe to raise a figurative eyebrow.
But that can be hard to see sometimes. Sometimes, we are going to have to get by with what we have in situations where what we have doesn’t seem like it’s going to be enough.
And we are more likely to find ourselves in these situations when things are already not going well for us. For example, a flat tire is less likely to seem like a huge burden when we have the time and money to deal with it. But flat tires don’t happen in those situations. Flat tires happen on the first day of a new job we really need because we’ve depleted our savings.
How we choose to sail the ship in these moments is going to be what makes us who we are.
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