This topic brought to the LBC this Friday by Grannymar.
Events. We love them, we fear them, we embrace them, we try to avoid them. None of that matters, for we are tossed into their midst as we hurtle into the future relentlessly, right?
As my son put it yesterday, it's a roll of the dice, Russian Roulette. Some win the lottery and others get cancer. Totally luck of a random draw.
Perhaps, though I don't believe it. But we need not feel like twigs spinning down the stream or leaves tossed on the wind. It is just as valid - and much more effective - to center on our experience and wait for events to catch up to it.
One of the funnier takes on this perspective was given us by W. C. Fields in a movie when he pilots a plane to somewhere in the Arctic. Upon landing, Eskimos with the obligatory white teacher rush to the plane. Fields is asked where he is going and when he replies, "New York," he is informed that he is lost. He replies that he "is right here. It's New York that is lost!"
We are focused and at ease here. Let the events do the work and find us.