“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
Nelson Mandela grew up in a segregated nation, spent 27 years in prison for his political and social views, contracted tuberculosis while in his dank cell and then lifted an entire nation out of the shackles of apartheid, all the while maintaining his great concern for truth.
How have you handled the adversity in your life?
You can let yourself be vulnerable. You needn’t try to control everything. You can, as they say, go with the flow.
To do so without drifting requires that you have an active inner life and an ardent dedication to the discovery and revelation of truth. Your value is not predicated on what you accomplish, endure, amass or establish; it is absolute.
The most important decision you can make with respect to any set of circumstances you will ever face is this: “Shall I seek to be uplifting or shall I be reduced?” The rest is just details.