What does lie within us? What role do we play in our experience of life? How much control do we have in matters of suffering and joy and the other vast life experiences that lie between? Do others and the world at large dominate our fate? Or do we have a say?
Our quality of life, our basic wellbeing, require that we have a say. Each of us is shaped by countless events and encounters with other people over a lifetime. But we should also feel the power to shape our world, not just be subject to its whims. An imbalance between the two can leave us anxious or depressed, or, at the least, feeling as if we are missing out on the life we would like. And deserve.