Let's be real, life can trip you out. First- you must remember who you are. When you know who you are, you will not answer to what others call you. Do not let another give you your identity. God has already done that.
Next, this is a journey with ups and downs. Don't focus on the short game, but hold on for the long game. Too many people are focused on the short game and try to get what they can while they can- from anybody and everybody. The sad part is they lose in the end. They miss what God has already placed in their path.
When you identify those focused on the short game, don't be surprised when they lie, cheat; that's what they do. Yes, you may need to work with them, you may have them closer to you than you wish; but you already know who they are. My mother used to say, "Feed them with a long handle spoon."
Yeah, life can trip you out, but don't stay out. Know who you are and remember that you are in it for the long game. "You are in it to win it." And our journeys are different. enough for now.