Many people feel that, in total, their lives aren’t all that bad. Sure, things could be better. They might half-heartedly attempt a suggestion from a self-help book or TV talk show now and then – only to abandon it when it doesn’t instantly work miracles in their lives.
As the years go by they may feel they are living in what Thoreau called “quiet desperation,” but are reassured by the thought that most everyone else is too. That’s just the way it is.
But “the way it is” does not mean “the way it has to be.”