Do you believe in hubris?

Yesterdays turn of events has elicited some really interesting e-mail dialogue between myself and some friends. One friend responded to my blog that he felt certain that I wasn't being punished for celebrating and that this is just one more great story for the memoir. Another used the word "shitty" in so many wonderful ways that I had to smile, while another told of his own belief that whenever he gets too happy or feels too good about his life, something goes wrong to remind him that he is "not all that", as if to put him in his small place. He claimed it was a Catholic thing, but I know that it's a Jewish thing too and I am sure every religion has its version of don't- get -too- big- for- your- britches.

But it made me wonder if I believe this? I had worried about it for sure, but did I believe it to be true? This kind of thinking has actually been with me for a long time, a kind of don't get too happy or too high, lest the lows get too low, kind of protective armor. But in truth I have been struggling against this kind of thinking for a long time now, just as much as I have been trying to no longer believe that if I don't get A, then I am meant to get B. I believe in the Universe and all that, but I also really believe in my own actions. Hard work gets results...as the saying goes, the harder I work the luckier I get and it's true.

I believe that the outcomes of our actions are as much a crap shoot as they are destiny. I think that the universe and I are in partnership and I can only ever control my end of the partnership. Work hard, be brilliant, avoid bitterness, and keep the dream alive. Have faith that actions will be rewarded. Do the work and don't worry about the rest. It's easier said than done, but I do believe that it is the doing and not just the saying that gets results.

What about you? What do you believe?

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