I found out today that a friend of mine was getting laid off.
I make computers obey me for a living. I consistently try to improve my skills, and I'd like to think that I'm pretty good at what I do. I tend to assume that I can master any problem or challenge that comes my way. But today was a reminder that there's still a great deal that I can't control. Professionally, I can't control my boss, my coworkers, vendors, or customers; in the broader realm of life, I can control even less.
As Dennis Bakke said in Joy at Work, when there's a hundred-year record flood, it doesn't matter how well your house is built.
It was an important reminder.