It’s no secret that life is full of inconveniences, some more inconvenient than others. It’s also no secret that how we respond to them can influence the degree of their impact on our everyday lives. Over the decades, I’ve found that they rarely come singly. I’ve also learned that the most constructive method of coping with these incidents is to “find the good” in the situation. Overreacting is never the way to go. After all, is anything as bad as we think it is?

A recent inconvenience involved pulling the chain to turn on the light over the kitchen sink. The chain fell into my hand and the light stayed off. Silently to myself: “Great! How am I supposed to see to wash dishes? This is nice! Why would the stupid thing break?”

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