Something happens and we respond to it in each situation as it arises. No matter what happens, everything hinges upon the quality of our response. The best responses are grounded in integrity, sincerity and spontaneity-- in sync with our original/essential nature and our innate virtue/character, both of which are ours from conception (And from the conception of our parents, and of their parents... all the way back to Lucy in Africa, the mother of us all). Our responses come out of who we are, and who we are capable of being. The more conscious we are of all of this, the more likely our responses will be ideally suited to our circumstances in the situation which brings them forth. Waking up to the truth of our nature and our character provides us with a platform, an anchor-rock, from which to meet life as it comes to us, every day.