Think about it. Involuntarily, we are inserted into the world with specific characteristics. We don’t choose our parents, our country, our shape, our genes, our energy, our native intelligence or our access to “second chances” when at first we make a mess of our opportunity. Neither nature nor nurture is ours to choose. In other words, “there but for fortune go I,” that is, others' misfortune could be our own—if it weren't for the chance occurrence of favorable conditions and circumstances. I, for one, am thankful for my good fortune every day.
Let me close this post by naming two other blessings, thanks to the quiet revolution in what it means to be autonomous. I am thankful for your company on this existential journey. I am also thankful for the respect that you extend to those who, too, must struggle to overcome disappointment, and for the generosity of spirit and dignity with which you conduct your life.
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Arnold Siegel is the founder of Autonomy and Life and the leader of its Retreat Workshops and Advanced Classes.
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