Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fight Fate

Life is like a box of chocolates.  I will concede that.  It's also like a roller coaster.

Sometimes all the dominoes fall your way.  Your mortgage company mails you a substantial check.  Work is going great and you get recognition from your boss.  You find an amazing group of friends, and spend your nights and weekends happy and laughing.  Sometimes it feels like you just can't miss, and can do no wrong.

That was my week last week.  It got me thinking about my life.

I've had good spells that seemed to last months.  It can make you believe that the blue skies and sunshine will last forever. But like all good things, they came to an end.

Sometimes it all goes wrong.  Nothing goes right at work.  Great relationships blow up.  Your friends move away and you get lonely.  Expensive things break.  You stub your toe. Worse, more serious things happen.  When you're in a funk, it's hard to see an end to that dark tunnel as well.

The reality?  It all passes.  The good times and the bad times come and go, and often you'll have little say in the matter.  If life is dealing you a great hand, count your blessings and enjoy it.  Don't get arrogant or complacent.  It won't last forever.  If life has been rough, know that it will eventually pass.  Don't get depressed or despondent.  You'll start catching some breaks.

Through out it all, the good and the bad, the secret is to control what you can control.  Fight fate.  Determine who you want to be, and what you want out of life, and determine the best way to get there.  You'll still go through ups and downs, but you'll be heading in an upward direction.

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