Our expert says:
Hi Lonestar --- thanks so much for your wise, experienced and helpful comments.
As you say, many things are inevitably upsetting, but we have a much larger degree of control over how much we choose to allow these matters to disturb us, than most people choose to exercise.
And if it weren't for the valleys, we wouldn't recognize the mountain tops when we reached them.
You have so many excellent reasons to be proud of what you have survived and how well you have done. Life, even though not perfect, can still be well worth living
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