Father Mike Schmitz discusses the personal renewal that can come from accepting the hardships, tragedies and difficult situations that hit us throughout life. Using Gary Paulson’s Newbery honored novel The Hatchet as a springboard, he explains why self-pity solves nothing but accepting our situation helps us to grow. Father Schmitz affirms that our wounds don’t define us. Acceptance is not denial. Accepting who we are and our situations is the first step to freedom.