The key thing to understand about misfortune is that once you recognize it, it becomes useless. What I mean is you can’t move forward contemplating the misfortune. You can recognize it, know that it has happened, but to actually take action you must focus elsewhere. Focusing on the actual misfortune is focusing on history.
That doesn’t mean you don’t work to comprehend the ‘why’ behind the misfortune. That is an evaluation to help your future. You realize your misfortune stems from not having a compass in the woods for example, and thus you are lost. If you are interested in getting out of the woods you must not think of the fact you don’t have a compass but maybe how you can make a new compass, or read the sun trail across the sky, or watch the shadows.
You must move forward.
Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Quote by Euripides, 480 BCE – 406 BCE, Greek playwright