Thomas Jefferson once wisely observed that:
The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives.
As was befitting a man of his caliber, he didn’t stop there. Instead, he went on to suggest the means by which this could be accomplished:
The only method of doing this is to assume a perfect resignation to the Divine will, to consider that whatever does happen, must happen; and that, by our uneasiness, we cannot prevent the blow before it does fall, but we may add to its force after it has fallen.
While I am not so sure that I agree with Mr. Jefferson’s fatalistic interpretation of Divine will, I do believe that a perfect resignation to Divine will is necessary and in fact sufficient to overcome in a fractured world. In my view, this “perfect resignation” brings about a state of constant radiance, one that is undimmed by calamity or misfortune and one that, if you will allow me to weave my interpretation into Mr. Jefferson’s original statement:
…may enable us in some measure to surmount the difficulties thrown in our way; to bear up with a tolerable degree of patience under the burden of life; and to proceed with a pious and unshaken resignation, till we arrive at our journey’s end, when we may deliver up our trust into the hands of Him who gave it, and receive such reward as to him shall seem proportioned to our merit.