When we face troubling times there is a perception that we are responsible, the result of our actions. On the other hand we may also surmise that there will be moments, even long periods when one difficulty, after another lands on our doorstep obliging us to create solutions, sufficient for us to understand that those remedies are the seeds of our growth into wiser people.
When The Prophet Job's life appeared to take a turn for the worse, his friends considered Job's troubles just punishment from God for his many sins. Job’s friend Eliphaz said: “As I have observed, those who plough evil and those who sow trouble reap it” (Job 4:8). Job was not reaping what he had sown. The harvest had yet to flower. Experiencing difficult times does not necessarily mean we have made self destructive choices.
“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”~ H.L. Mencken
In primary school reading with great enthusiasm, the Greek myths taught me that the trials of Hercules was an early warning that life would provide me with many opportunities to grow me out of my false sense of security that I could sail through life without a care in the world. I would learn, and am understanding that the true worth of every human person can only be known when placed under pressure by the trials that life sends each of us, with our experiences teaching us to rely on our innermost inspiration providing us with the remedies to life's challenging moments. There is no better sparring partner than adversity encouraging each of us to rise to life's challenges, defeating any thought that we should surrender to our fear of failing to confront every contest that enters our orbit to grow us into enlightened explorers.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” ~ Francis of Assisi