It seems to me there are two basic approaches to life. First, to see life as a kind of battle to be fought, something to be conquered and overcome, a view that everything has to be overpowered and defeated if we are to live meaningfully.
Sadly, much religious thought is permeated with this theme; I say sadly because it’s certainly not conducive to relationships of peace and meaningful connectness to nature. Being so ego driven it also leads to a profound tiredness of soul. In the end things are not meant to be conquered and defeated, rather they are meant to be engaged and understood; and herein lies the second approach, that of life as an exploration.
Instead of wanting to always conquer and overcome that which is there, or that which arises, we rather engage and explore it with compassion seeking to understand. With this approach, life has a wonderful way of shaping us as it naturally and freely yields up its beauty and secrets.
Unfortunately, it always takes us a long, long time to learn this.