It’s a convenient conclusion to jump to when things don’t go our way.

Another alternative is that life ebbs and flows. You cannot control all of what happens to you, but you can choose how you respond, how long you linger, how long you hold on to the negativity.

If life does ebb and flow, this too will pass and daylight will always break through at dawn. Flow will return and with it, momentum and providence. This inspires hope and gives us a reason to be joyful in the midst of the ebbs we don’t expect or are reluctant to appreciate.

Expecting a life with only lucky breaks and no resistance is unrealistic, and grossly unhelpful. Taper your response instead.

Amy Reed

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