“Without my having to do anything about it, the sun comes up in the morning and the stars twinkle at night. Before I’ve even gotten out of bed, the Earth has spun a third of the way around its axis and seven billion people have done the best they know to do to increase their happiness and mitigate their suffering.
And since I’m not in charge, I get to relax and enjoy the ride. Rather than cower in recognition of my own weakness and even helplessness in the face of forces far greater than my own, I’m set free. Free to appreciate my life when things are going my way and to handle them with grace when they’re not. Free to love and contribute to people when they behave the way I want them to and to continue to love and contribute to them when they don’t. Free to go out and create the life I want when things seem easy and free and continue to move in that direction or even give up and go back to the drawing board when they seem hard. …
How things ultimately turn out isn’t up to us. It never was. But if we do our bit and play our part, it’s remarkable how far we can go.”
Not even sorry for this long quote (thanks @therandomlifeofeva for that recommendy). I want to read more. So I’m now open to further insightful literature suggestions on audiobooks, which I find are like mental information downloads while doing other tasks.