I watched the second half of The Fellowship of the Ring this evening. It is the third time I have seen the movie. These lines struck a chord. Frodo and Gandalf are in the Mines of Moria, resting.
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this would have happened.
Gandalf: So do all who have to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces in the world besides those of evil.
As another wise man I know said: All of us are dealt a set of cards - some good, some bad. What we are to do is decide how to play them.