“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.” – Abraham Lincoln
No matter how your life shakes out you can rest easy if you’ve done the best you can in each and every situation. Anyone who has been on earth any amount of time will tell you that there are many factors at work – colliding vectors of free will, contradictory lines of force, scars from past failures, and so on – and even the best laid plans backed by the angels in heaven can come to naught.
Don’t be dismayed when things don’t work out. Dismay corrodes hope and is a harbinger of doubt. Look instead to apply the emotional energy you might pour down the drain of dismay to redoubling your commitment to the best you know how, the best you can and keep moving forward.