The next day Norman asked if we could talk. His son had set their tool shed on fire. Norman blamed himself . "If I wasn't so stressed, if I was handling my situation better, my son might handle his problems better too."
I pointed out some people are overwhelmed by the rain. Others seem to conquer everything life throws at them without ever getting down or losing their faith. "Most people fall somewhere between those two extremes," I said. "Don't judge how you're holding up too harshly. You're doing the best you can in trying circumstances. Besides, you haven't had a drink over it."
Today I handle life as best I can, not judging my efforts too harshly.