Pebbles of Perception p. 71
…when things go wrong, the consequences are never as bad as our thought-based fears imagine them to be. Humans have an extraordinary capacity to adjust to circumstances, and numerous experiments have shown that we bounce back from difficulties far more easily than we think we will.
This means we take far less risk than we should, based on the misjudged fear of how loss will impact us. If you have come through previous difficulties you already appreciate this. The more you work through difficulties, the more able and inclined you are to keep stepping forward. Yes, we may get buffeted around occasionally, but we will be all the better for the buffeting.
As the 13th century poet Rumi asked: ‘How will you ever be polished, if you are irritated by every rub?’”