"[Ruby] already lived too long to allow herself to succumb to self-pity. It didn’t get you anywhere. It merely slowed your mind. There was always a strategy, a solution. You just had to learn all the facts, and then you could put them to use."
What a great life philosophy. I saw it in action once at a youth swim meet. During warm-ups, Logan, a ten-year-old swimmer, was accidentally smashed in the eye and nose by an older male swimmer’s elbow. The eye immediately turned black and blue and was very tender, making it impossible and too painful to wear her goggles for her races. But, rather than wallow in self-pity and refuse to swim, Logan found a different style of goggle, one that made contact on her face further outside of her eye socket, and she raced to some of her personal best times at the meet.
When curveballs come our way, let’s not let our minds be slowed by self-pity. Let’s learn the facts and find a solution. Just like Logan…and just like Ruby.
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