I have adopted a new motto, partially due to my reading of Jeremiah Burrough's The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, and partially due to the fact that events in my life have shown me that fretting, worrying, and complaining are fruitless. Here it is:
That is it, two short little words, meaning "Always flexible". Both Scripture and real life experience show that change occurs without warning, and that any attempt to cling to the status quo is a fool's errand.
Every Christian should say: 'Have I wealth now? I should prepare for poverty. Have I health now? I should prepare for sickness. Have I liberty? Let me prepare myself for imprisonment. How do I know what God may call me to? Have I comfort and peace now in my conscience, does God shine upon me? While I have this let me prepare for God's withdrawing from me. Am I delivered from temptations? Let me prepare now for the time of temptations.' If you would do so, the change of your condition would not be so grievous to you. (pg. 203)