When I was a little boy playing Little League baseball, I once yelled at an umpire for calling me out on a strike three pitch at my feet. That night, the first thing my parents said to me was this: "Umpires make mistakes. Don't let them control the game. Control what you can control; why were you down 0-2 in the count to begin with?"
I've always remembered that, in all phases of life. I've always kept myself in control of my own destiny. Allowing other people to hold your fate in their hands is your fault. Sure, you can have people help you out with things, but what I've learned all my life is never to trust other people with things you can do on your own.
That was never made more prominent than today, when in perhaps the