In the movie “Apollo 13”, Tom Hanks played astronaut Jim Lovell, whose mission was scheduled to land on the moon until an oxygen tank exploded two days after launch. Suddenly it was impossible for a successful moon landing but whether the crew would ever make it back to Earth.
There was a long moment of silence as the tension mounted, and then the silence was broken by Lovell’s calm, confident, almost cheerful voice saying, “Houston, we have a problem.” There was no trace of panic. If you had just walked into the room, you’d think his problem could be nothing more than a flat tire. He then proceeded to describe what happened and asked for advice on how to handle the situation. Step by step, the crew devised an ingenious solution, and eventually, they made it back home.
Lovell’s calm and assured attitude is what we need to learn. We’re each handed a set of cards in life – some good, and some bad. Keep focused on the bad ones and you’ll be stuck blaming the game. Use the good ones, and things become better – your hand changes and you move forward. Life is bound to deal you a few bad hands now and then. You don’t need to make a big deal out of every unexpected turn of events.
We should look at the current situation with an open, fresh perspective and attempt to use the new events in our favor. Your path may be rerouted, but nothing is lost unless you decide to quit. Through it all, arm yourself with the right attitude. When life gets tough, some of us feel that we’ve lost the game and life has won. But life isn’t trying to defeat you. Life isn’t even a participant at all – the game is yours.
It is all going to be fine in the end. If it is not yet fine, then it is not yet the end.
– Oscar Wilde