It is important to appreciate when things are not going as we had hoped or planned for.
Our desires are only one small fraction of the whole of our lives.
The rest is what is happening or what is going to happen, regardless of what we want or how we feel about it.
Life happens with us or without us, whether we like it or not.
We may want to shape our lives or the world around us in a certain way.
However, there are forces at work, forces that are much more powerful and plentiful than our will alone, that also have a say.
When things do not happen according to our hopes or our plans, we are being given an opportunity to step outside of ourselves, to expand our perspectives, and to see the world as a much more complex and unpredictable place than we had imagined it to be.
If we seize upon this opportunity, we are given a glimpse into a world of new and unforeseen possibilities.
By limiting our lives to only that which we hope and plan for, we miss out on everything else.
But, by accepting and embracing life when it does not seem to go our way, instead of resisting it and fighting for that which cannot be, we, ourselves, are given the opportunity to transform into someone we never imaged possible.
And, through us, the world is changed as well.