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Sometimes there is nothing we can do to change our circumstances, no matter what privilege we may have to draw on. At such times we may default to denial—pretending things are not so bad really; or will surely change, when that is highly unlikely—or to resistance—attempting to do everything in our power to change the situation by force. But, again and again in unbearable circumstances, the needful stance is to embrace them as what they are. Only when we do so are we able to see things clearly. Change will come—even if the change is that we are able to see a way out that we could not see before.