“I Wish It Need Not Have Happened”

“The Master allows things to happen. She shapes events as they come. She steps out of the way and lets the Tao speak for itself.” –Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu (Tranlsation by Stephen Mitchell)

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

You didn’t ask for this negative situation to happen. Nor is it your fault that it did happen.

But it’s now your responsibility. Good. Own it. (And realize it can be a tremendous opportunity for growth and learning.)

Remember, with great responsibility comes great power. (I know, I know. It’s the inverse of the Peter Parker quote. But it’s true nonetheless.)

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