Within the infant rind of this small flower
Poison hath residence, and medicine power;
For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part;
Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will;
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.
– William Shakespeare
Each day you are presented with one circumstance after another through which you can affirm your inner grace or give voice to your rude will. The nature of the circumstance is irrelevant, for you are possessed of free will and how you respond is your choice, not the circumstance’s or those present with you.
The choices you make will establish a trajectory for your life. You generate momentum and the momentum you gather helps you overcome the more challenging situations you face.
That said, you are not fully responsible for all that happens to you. Your path constantly intersects with directions chosen and choices made by others. Collisions in these intersections may not be your fault, but they remain nonetheless yours to handle.
Handle them wisely, or at least to the best of your present ability, and you will find the next obstacle easier to handle.
Grace begets grace.