Think of it this way . . .
Ever felt sorry for yourself? It happens, to one degree or another, for some reason or another. Ever felt that life was pointless, even futile? After a certain age we all finally realize that nothing is for certain-sure in this life, that bad things happen even to the best of us.
Solomon found this in his concentrated search for wisdom and contentment. He wrote, “Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” (Key word: ‘this’ – “nothing’s certain in this life.”) The best we can look for here, then, is a powerful and positive way of thinking in order to overcome such hinderances that would hamper our designs for abundant living.
Blessed with the freedom of choice, we humans get to choose and decide for ourselves how we will react to harsh challenges in our life – things that would cause disappointment and hurt. But, if this life alone is the sole reason for trying to find peaceful purpose for our existence, then we, like Solomon, will experience a lot of disappointment.
Since “Life is what you make it,” then living a contented life is learning how to make self-empowering adjustments to life’s harsh challenges, to do it with a certain amount of hope and to have a little excited expectation about it after all. Remember that a smooth, sharp blade is honed on an ol’ rough whetstone. And here’s some advice from Amy Poehler:
“As you navigate through the rest of your life be open to collaboration. Other people’s ideas are often better than you own. Find a group of people who challenge (in a good way – JD) and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life (for the better – JD).