“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― Gandalf to Frodo in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Fellowship of the Ring
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” -Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search For Meaning”
“…things do happen. Terrible things. The only thing any of us get to do is decide whether they happen to us or if, at least in part, they happen for us.” -Meg Mason, novel Sorrow And Bliss
“I was once a fortunate man but at some point fortune abandoned me…True good fortune is what you make for yourself. Good fortune: good character, good intentions and good actions.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
You can wish this event didn’t happen.
But the fact of the matter remains, it did happen.
The question is, “Now what?”
The power comes from knowing you get to decide. To decide what this event means and what you’re gonna do about it.
(Frodo didn’t want to leave the Shire either. But he did.)