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My three simple-but-not-easy steps for dealing with adversity

A pickpocket stole my wallet, but not my peace of mind, on the Paris Metro.

One of the iconic Paris Metro signs that dot the landscape (photo by Jay Davidson)

We know this to be true because we have seen it written on bumper stickers, buttons, T-shirt and memes: Shit happens.

We have no control over what happens to us. We do, however, have control over how we react to what happens to us. That is the key: our



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Jay Davidson

Retired teacher (San Francisco, 1969–2003); Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Mauritania, 2003–2005); public speaker, artist, writer, traveler, world citizen