Once you have your list, see if any of the points covered here can help you make peace.

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Stuff happens.

Yes, it does. All the time. When you least expect it, want it, and can least afford it, stuff happens. So, learn to shrug your shoulders, take a deep breath, and say, “Oh, well… Stuff happens.”

Life can hurt.

People disappoint us, disappear and lie, and our loved ones experience problems and pain that we can’t fix. Getting your feelings hurt, feeling afraid, weathering loss – these are all things that come with being human. When life hurts, you can cope. Relax. Breathe. And keep your heart open.

People will be people.

Developing inner fitness can lengthen the time between emotional upsets. But if you scratch deep enough or catch anyone at the “right” (wrong) time, all people are sure to behave like people. Learn not to take anyone’s actions or reactions personally.

Life is happening the way it’s supposed to.

To say that things in your life should be different implies that you know how life works. Instead, assume that whatever is happening is what is supposed to happen, based on the reality that it is happening. You get to choose how you respond to life’s curveballs.

You are not exempt.

No matter how blessed you feel or how fortunate you’ve been, life will still deliver challenging moments. And there will be times when all the good things in your life can’t make certain moments easier. During such times, remember that difficult moments happen to everyone.

There are no guarantees.

Life does not come with guarantees. Let your ability to shift and choose a Self-empowering response in any situation be your guarantee.

There is no such thing as forever.

Nothing lasts forever. Good times will follow hard times and vice versa. Stay flexible.

Everything changes.

Let it!

You will grow old and die.

Human beings grow old and die, period. This course of events is the order of things. The Hollywood desire to stay young forever is a fairytale. Work to be your own most fully alive person, regardless of your age.

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