Sustainability isn't about the quick
fix or the cheap solution.
Generally it means making acommitment and trying, as best wecan, to honor it.
In any worthwhile enterprise, fromprotecting the environment topreserving a relationship, we are goingto encounter difficulties.
The good life is not a problem-freelife. In point of fact, the process ofovercoming adversity often producessome of the most rewarding experienceswe will ever have.
Having a continually renewed sense of hope is not always easy. What is easy is to believe things will happen in the way that we have envisioned them when everything else is going well. This tends to change rather quickly when obstacles “jump” in the way, or challenges arise that we hadn’t planned on.
Human beings need to be challengedto 'test their mettle,' as it were.
Throwing in the towel at the firstsign of trouble or small inkling ofdistress may be the easy thing to do,but it doesn't help our self-concept.
Most of life's troubles can beovercome if we are willing to workthrough them with patience.
The continually renewable hope that was mentioned earlier has a way of quickly evaporating.
We all find ourselves in the latter situation from time to time, but the key to success really needs to be in being prepared for when those unexpected difficulties arise. Prepare so that we can be on the offensive instead of constantly being shocked and forced to be on defense. Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand that we can't predict what will unexpectedly greet us along the way, but we can have a plan of attack ready as to how we will deal with it when it sneaks in the back door and says hello.
The quote above is the perfect reminder that the “good life” we seek does not come without struggle, but it reassures us that we will survive and find a delicious reward on the other side with continued hope and constant patience.
Have hope this week and every week thereafter, despite any frustrations that may present themselves, and believe that maybe this is just the universe’s way of testing us to see how badly we want what we say we wanted.