Life has ups and downs, no doubt about it. You can take the zombie route and when things go bad (i.e. a tasty brain you wanted to eat stays in a peson's head as they run away from you to freedom) you can grunt and scream and groan and probably have black goo dribbling out of your nose, or you can go the ninja route. If something bad happens to a ninja (i.e. the person they are trying to assassinate actually has 33 bodyguards and they all have machine guns which they are shooting at the ninja), he doesn't grunt and scream and groan ... no, he dodges bullets and he catches bullets between his teeth and he adapts to the situation in front of him and then he karate kicks the bodyguards in the face and karate chops the vicious lions that attack him and then he pats the lions because he likes animals and is sorry he hurt them with his mighty karate chop.
It isn't good or bad, it just is, and the is it is is the is he has to deal with.
The other thing a ninja knows is that there actually is no situation that is good or bad. A good and bad thing or event only exists because we make it good or bad. This is because the exact same situation may be good for one person and bad for another. Let's say two people go to a dinner party. One is a vegetarian, the other is a meat-eater. The dinner is roast beef. That's all, roast beef. For the meat-eater, this is a nom nom situation (i.e. good). For the vegetarian, this is an awful oh man I am going to be so hungry and will have to nibble on this old carrot stick from the botom of my bag situation.
So is the situation bad? No, not at all. A situation is only good or bad depending on how you see it!
And sometimes, a situation that seemed terrible, like the worst thing ever, turns out to be good in the end. I heard a story about someone who had a car crash, wrecking their car and meaning they couldn't go to the holiday in the snow they had planned. Terrible! They were really angry. But then, that night, the lodge they were going to stay in was destroyed by falling snow, or rocks, or was burnt to the ground, I can't remember, but it was destroyed and they may have died. So was the car crash good or bad? Or was it bad then good? Or was it just something that happened?
It's like telling a joke. One person may laugh, another may tell you it's the worst joke ever. Does this mean the joke is funny or not? It's neither, and it's both. Confusing, huh?
So when things you see as good or bad happen, remember the ninja catching bullets in his teeth. This is only a good or bad situation because of how you are perceiving it. This doesn't mean you shouldn't feel upset, or angry, or happy, just don't let yourself wallow in that feeling.
Catch those bullets in your teeth,
Pat those lions.
And remember that things that seem awful may turn out to be blessings in disguise.
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I just saved your life.
Now go on with your day.
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