I remember a
"Peanuts" comic strip I saw once that put things in
pretty clear perspective.
Linus was talking: "I think I've learned the secret of life,
Charlie Brown." In the panels that followed, he explained.
"I went to the doctor yesterday with a sore throat. The
nurse put me in a small room. A kid in another room was screaming
his head off. When the doctor came in to see me, I told him I
was glad I wasn't in that other room."
The doctor said, "Yes, that kid will have his tonsils out.
You're lucky, you only have a mild inflammation."
"The secret of life," Linus declared, "is to be
in the right room."
Things happen. We don't always have control over them, but nothing
is ever accomplished by worrying or blaming bad luck for where
we find ourselves at any specific time. But we can take charge
of our life.
We can set goals,
then take the necessary steps to make sure we're in the right
room when lucky breaks get handed out -- or taken away.
Satisfaction and joy come through the faith which we translate
into positive action.
Serenity Prayer fits.