When Life Doesn’t Go the Way You Want

Each of us hopes that our life will go the way we want it to, and that things will turn out the way we think they should. If, however, life doesn’t go the way we want it to, our first response is to try to fix the problem—to gain control of our life and to protect ourselves from uncertainty and trouble. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but only under one condition: This “fixing” strategy should be balanced with an opposite strategy: knowing how to let go of having it “your way.” Real wisdom is knowing when to fight…and when to let go.

When life goes “off track,” don’t feel self-pity, bitterness, a sense of unworthiness, or jealousy. These feelings are a trap that your mind offers you as a means to compensate for your dissatisfaction. You don’t need to latch onto negativity if life temporarily goes a way in which you don't want it to.

In times of adversity, try to keep your basic sense of self-worth