We have all been in situations like this. You planned everything to perfection. You project execution, your hike, your Saturday. You had a particular vision of the future. This vision was rendered impossible by a curveball. A black swan, an unimaginable eventuality, an emergency.

This is not because you did not plan well, or managed risks poorly, but simply because some things are beyond your control.

This sudden loss of control causes two reactions. Blame and despair. The one seeks to shift responsibility, the other to wallow in self-pity.

What if, instead, we make lemonade. The future will not conform to our expectations, but it will certainly be better than the alternatives.


Sarah Shaffer

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