In the presence of
hardship seek truth and seek trust. Truth will allow you to know
the suffering you have carried. It will allow you to know how
hard things have actually been, whether mentally, emotionally or
physically. Out of this truth can come compassion for oneself,
compassion built on love and on knowing how difficult it has been to get through.
Ongoing hardship can create discouragement. Yet
discouragement is not despair. Discouragement wedded to
truth, to compassion, and to trust becomes a prayer to the One for
things to change. It becomes a prayer to the One for trust in the
goodness of life and in the possibility of feeling upheld and
strengthened during whatever time of hardship remains.
Despair is not discouragement. Despair is based in hopelessness
and denies the possibility of both hope and trust. It denies the
possibility of being upheld in the midst of the greatest hardship.
Therefore, beloved ones, in the presence of hardship allow yourself to
be real. Allow yourself to feel pain with compassion, with trust,
with truth. Allow yourself to know how you have struggled to
endure and to meet the challenges that you have had to meet. Let
truth, compassion, and trust join together as a prayer within your
heart and in this way remain true to the light and truth of your own deepest being.
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