One setback is not the end of the world. Even a series of disappointments is not the end of the world.
Because life by its very nature is dynamic, and things change. The worse the situation becomes, the more desire and incentive everyone has to make it better.
That series of disappointments, as ominous and pervasive as it may be, will not extend in a straight line to infinity. At some point there will be pushback, there will be improvement, there will be a turnaround.
Certainly it is useful to anticipate difficulties so you can head them off early. But it’s also important to remind yourself that this, too, will pass.
Don’t give up on everything just because of a little problem, or a big problem, or a whole string of problems. Instead, keep moving forward as best you can.
This, too, will pass. And when it does, you can be thankful you continued to invest yourself in a positive future.
— Ralph Marston