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How do you react when life isn't fair?

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. May 29, 2010

We all know that life isn't fair and that the good guys don't always win.

We saw this play out recently in the horse racing world. A horse called "Lookin at Lucky" was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. The jockey was an experienced rider called Garrett Gomez. The horse drew the first post position, which meant that he was on the rail — not a good place to be. The horse got pinched on the rail and lost the race. Gomez was removed as the jockey and a new rider, Mike Garcia, took the reins.

How did Gomez handle this situation? He wasn't treated fairly. Losing the Kentucky Derby wasn't his fault. He would've been justified in complaining about how he was treated. Instead, he acknowledged that this is the nature of the game. He dusted himself off and got back on the (next) horse.

Each of us has opportunities and obstacles in life. We can complain or we can step up. We can learn from adversity, if we choose, and those are often the most valuable lessons.

Please weigh in so we can learn from each other.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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May 29, 2010