“It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it,” Seneca said. We don’t choose whether we were born into privilege or poverty, whether we were given great genetic gifts or dealt incredible setbacks. What matters is how you bear this, what you make of it.
Some find incredible success, and the temptations and stresses of this success are borne poorly. Some find that their life is a constant reminder of Murphy’s Law—everything that can go wrong does—yet they face each situation with courage and patience. Each of our paths in life have their own trials and tests, each has its own burdens.
All that matters is how we bear them and what we do with them.
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