“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” — Michelle Obama

Duality, paradox, and yin-and-yang encompass complementary factors. Tragedies in our lives impel us to recognize and appreciate the good. Approaching death gives us the opportunity to celebrate life.

Life is an experience factory. Each single day is a labyrinth of experiments. Life’s abundant factory presents us with seeming opposites so we can choose our experiences, how we make sense of them, and how to move forward.

If we zoom out, we might realize that life is made up of successive moments. A “big” event happens in one moment or a few consecutive moments. The words, “you’re hired” moves you from unemployed to employed status. You take “this man or this woman to be your lawfully wedded husband or wife” in a single moment. An accident occurs at the moment of impact.

When we rush toward the destination: fixing something or improving ourselves, getting a job promotion, getting a degree, etc., we miss out on life’s richest lessons.

We all have the right to these choices:

In the face of tragedy, choose faith.

In the midst of despair, choose hope.

In the heartbreak of pain, choose joy.

In the company of gossip, choose truth.

In the muddle of confusion, choose wonder.

In the shadows of darkness, choose light.

In the hands of sorrow, choose mirth.

In the throws of uncertainty, choose gratitude.

In the grips of fear, choose love.

One choice goes a long way.” — Supriya Blair

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