When Things Go Wrong

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
                      —Psalm 42:5

Things sometimes go terribly wrong. That’s the world we live in.

But before you throw in the towel because of an aggravating experience, take a deep breath and cool-headedly consider your options. Making a snap decision when you have a mad on can multiply your problems; you may forfeit many pleasant things because of one unpleasant thing.

Draw a line down the middle of a page. On the left list the things in your life that are favorable; on the right, the things that are unfavorable.

It’s a useful exercise any time you face a life-reshaping decision. Changing your attitude may be a better solution than changing your location, your job, your marriage partner, or your church.

There’s a lot to be said for enjoying life as it is, where you are.

Anger makes your mouth
work faster than your mind.

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