The 850 points free fall of Sensex this Tueday made me think.
If life is a big gamble, the closest analogy I can think of is the stock market and very obviously, we all are the listed stocks. How we perform of course depends on our fundamental intrinsic value but a lot of the performance is affected by the market - the external unidentified public opinions.
In long term, your returns are always positive, ignore the turbulence phases! The trick is to not get the intrinsic value be lost among just any public opinion at such times, even during the bad market times when external factors are just out of control. Let the phase pass and re-valuate yourself before you just go on to sell yourself short!
Reading the above, I think I logged in to blogger by mistake :P