“Once we fall into the trap of believing that things are ‘supposed’ to go well, we tend to think something has gone terribly amiss when they suddenly don’t.”
So writes Dr Kristin Neff in her book Self Compassion.
It’s a favourite quote of mine because it takes the sting out of the fact that in everyday life things don’t always go right.
Naturally we’d like things to go right but it isn’t the end of the world (usually) when they don’t.
I try to remind myself that if 51 per cent of things go right in a day I’m ahead of the game and with luck the ‘success’ rate will be even higher.
I wouldn’t recommend this approach for brain surgery or landing planes but when it comes to the small change of everyday life, 51 per cent will do.
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