It’s always difficult when you find that the path you were heading down is suddenly closed. I’m grateful for the reminder that rejection is protection. Nothing is really ever as good as it seems, and sometimes you’ve got to lean into your higher power and accept that there is a plan. I’m grateful for the reminder that an ego is a sign of self-esteem and self-respect, and a necessary part of your psyche. Leading the ego-less life may sound noble, but going through life as a doormat isn’t. And, I’m grateful I own an espresso machine.