Accepting our vulnerability without allowing it to slow us down or keep us from living the life that needs us to live it is the sine qua non of the Hero's Journey and the Spiritual Quest. Living to be safe, to never suffer, to avoid all pain and refuse to risk loss and defeat is a childish refusal to be human. The whiny old Psalmist lamented, "We are born to trouble as the sparks fly upward." So what? Pick yourself up and get back in the game! What's with the moaning and groaning? Life is to be lived, not to be complained about, lamented, mourned and sorrowed all the way to the grave! "When you go out into the world to seek your fortune, you will come to a great chasm. Jump! It is not as far as you think." Without that astute advice, we would camp out on the edge of the void bemoaning our plight and cursing the fates, or join the Buddhists wailing, "Oh suffering, oh suffering! All of life is suffering!" Well, not all of it evidently. A good portion of it is complaining about suffering! Just get over it! We are vulnerable! What's the problem? Accept it like you accept clouds in the sky and raindrops on your head, and live on! Live on! Without stopping, or even slowing down! Nothing can happen to us that growing up (some more again) won't make better.
It is up to us to live out of our own center, Following, in the words of Carl Jung, "that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own." It is up to us to be right about what is important-- about what matters most-- and to live grounded upon that adamantine conviction in each situation as it arises. It is up to us to nurture our relationship with ourselves and with our life, and live with self-transparency and mindful awareness moment-by-moment, day-by-day, in a "Here we are," now what?" kind of way.
If you have an agenda, you have an ulcer, drink too much alcohol, prop yourself up with medication and power shots of caffeine, and wonder what's wrong with your life. You have an agenda-driven life style. You care about the wrong things. You need to change your mind about what is important. But. You can't change your mind about what is important-- because it is crucially important. And, there you are.