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I believe that everything is a learning experience but as to whether what we learn buoys us up or weighs us down perhaps is due more to our wiring. After 50 years, I'm still trying to figure out what's genetically inherited and what's learned behavior. I believe that the comments of Mark and Natasha are spot on, in that it helps to be altruistic and to remember that saving the world isn't entirely up to me! So to help me stay grounded, I remember first a short poem my mother taught me, "I thought I was abused because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet;" and second a quote from Helen Keller: "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."