3 June 1957
Stopped at Mrs. Watson’s to pick up the Wall St. Journals. Edwin came in. He fell off a ladder, hurt his back, and almost broke his arm yesterday. Also, someone stole his wallet at Five Points – drunk again, I presume.
He said: “I’m sure living having a run of bad luck.”
I said: “Doesn’t the saying go ‘luck is what you make of it’?”
Mrs. Watson said: “Luck may be what you make of it, but how you take it is what counts.”
One cannot control one’s environment often. What one should aim at is control over oneself.
This attitude does not put an unnecessary burden upon the individual.