From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
No matter who you are, no matter where you've been, no matter where you’re going, no matter how you're going to get there, there are things in the way. "Self pity" is such a pervasive and insidious disease that most of us, most of the time, see these things in the way as "obstacles". This in turn confirms our unconscious assumption that God is a sadist. But sometimes I get the self-pity thing under control; sometimes I forget to feel sorry for myself (like "forgetting" to worry when I fall asleep at night) - and then "obstacles" become "opportunities". They're disguised, maybe, but I think that’s by design – it’s supposed to add to the excitement and wonder of Life.