Isn't life wonderful when everything is going your way? You have enough money for the essentials. Nobody harasses you. You spend pleasant days lying on a beach, or doing something fun. How nice for you then. So, when people complain that Stoicism seems to concentrate on bad stuff, like death, bad results, pain, stress, and seems to always expect something bad to happen, I always respond that you don't need to prepare for the good days in life. They are effortless. The problem comes when we expect those good days to continue forever. Because they won't, will they? I was guilty of this before Jacquelyn got sick. Most of the time, life was great. The tragedies always seemed to happen to someone else. I was sad for them, of course; but, I kept on enjoying the good days. After her death, it finally occurred to me that I was blindsided because I was unprepared. Here is a resolution for each of us. Prepare every day for the unthinkable. Because it will happen. When it does, you will be ready to deal with it. It's a wonderful life. Except when it isn't.