Opinion: Your Choice
Needing to comfort myself and build some sort of motivation to keep things going so as to be somewhat adroit in dodging the many grasping hands of depression, I stumbled into the thought: what if our world is as it is by our choosing? What if before we dive down or up into this life, we got to decide the kind of traps we want to set for ourselves, and what we encounter here is what we chose. Say, we compared several choices and believed what we are facing now is what we did love to overcome in this life? However, an integral part of the adventure is that we are unable to remember the whys when we are here. Of course, this is pure speculation (somewhat influenced by St. Augustine's thoughts on memory* as read and discussed in my mysticism class from last semester). However, if this is so, then whatever issue comes our way we can believe it solvable, for they are then issues of our own choosing.
The challenge then will be to not give up and to keep thinking: why would I put myself in this mess? then step outside the situation and look at it from various angles, and see how best to settle it. In a weird way, this transforms that which is often an annoyance to be a little bit less so. It also helps to decrease the frustration that often accompany such unwanted situations. It encourages positive thinking in that you believe it is going to be solved; the question though is how are you going to solve it? And will you give yourself the chance to solve it, or experience it as you ought to? In my attempts to tackle situations in this manner, I've come to the realization that a good doze of patience, and humor is necessary to endure the trials and errors.
* St. Augustine Confession, Book X