Repeat after me, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” I do not recall where I first heard that phrase, but it makes for a good mantra. As life becomes apparently more complex and technology takes an increasingly central role in society, it is easy to forget that we are the captains of our own ships. Is everything under our control? Absolutely not and it would be foolish and arrogant to think so. However, more things are under our control than we might ordinarily believe. We can lose weight by dieting, shape up by exercising, increase our knowledge by studying more, improve our careers by working more diligently etc. There is a lot we can do to improve our lives.