#172-1. I love men who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
#172-2. The man who has gotten everything he wants is all in favor of peace and order.
#172-3. If you do not have peace in your life, you, like many others, have probably not fully understood its message. You receive exactly what you put out, or, "As you sow, so shall you reap."
-Thomas D. Willhite, Living Synergistically
Smiling and feeling positive when things are going well is easy. More admirable is to be able to do that when things aren't.
Lack of peace or order could be an indication of intolerable imbalances. It is the duty of leadership to probe that and address the root cause.
The simple but profound law of cause and effect operates at multiple levels. We know it but try to forget or ignore it. The heart-rending situation in the Mumbai terror attack of November 2008 makes many wonder, "Why? How to prevent such random killing of innocents?" While the authorities analyze and execute a logical course of action, I am struck by the statements of a spiritual guru (my paraphrasing): Nothing much has fundamentally changed in the forces driving the human mind. Unless we collectively do something about the violence inside each of our minds, disastrous actions by humans are likely to recur in different forms.