So, what is a man to do in the face of hardship?
How must a man face his opponent?
Sun Tzu once said,
"If you know both yourself and your opponent, you are guaranteed victory.
If you know yourself but not your opponent, you have a chance at victory.
But if you know neither yourself or your opponent, you are guaranteed defeat."
A man cannot run. When defeat is not an option, he is forced to look ahead and foresee the outcome of each step. The goal is in sight, the players are known, and victory is (God willing) guaranteed.
I find comfort in such wisdom!