I once flew West across the international date line. It was an unsettling, Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole sensation. Landing in Australia, I felt somehow cheated of time; 24 hours of travel brought me nearly 40 hours into the future, with nothing to show for it but a heightened appreciation for the gracious attention of a good flight crew.
While this was a momentous–and somewhat disturbing–experience, I was merely following the path of thousands before me. And so it is with most of life’s experiences. Rarely do any of us have a purely unique challenge to face or crisis to overcome. Keeping this in perspective, and learning from those who preceded us, is what gets us through to whatever tomorrow may bring.