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    Trials and Tribulations

    When sorrow, anger, or frustration come your way, what do you do?  How do you act, or rather, react?  It’s hard to have a plan for those troublesome times of life.  But, you do know you will have them, right?  People will say or do things that prompt us to have an immediate reaction.  Sometimes our feelings take longer to simmer to the surface.  Loved ones die, caustic or thoughtless comments are thrown in our face, feelings of disappointment or frustration result from the ineptitude or ignorance of others.

    The luxury of sifting through our feelings is not always possible.  Immediate action may be required.  Sometimes our outpouring of grief must be delayed, or justice is put on hold.  How we react to our trials and tribulations says a lot about who we are.  Our response, our coping mechanisms, and our general outlook on life can either help or hinder our recovery from life’s blows.

    For me, it often comes down to focus.  Am I, fulfilling my desires, accomplishing my goals, living life my way, my first priority?  Living to mid-life has afforded me time to assess my personality and motivations.  Often, selfishness drives my actions, and reactions.  When service to others, and concern for others, is my passion; then the bumpiness of life’s road is less noticeable.  Well, those bumps makes less impact on everything else in my life.

    There have not been many things that I’ve truly wanted that I haven’t received.  My life is full of blessing.  It is only when I lose my focus that the sorrows, heartaches, and trials become more painful, or harder to handle.  Weeping is cleansing, righteous indignation can prompt change (for the good), and honest dialogue can promote healing.

    It is when I give up self, self-interest, self-centeredness, and the need for vindication that I am most at peace.  Life is fulfilling and exciting, with endless possibilities.  Find out the needs of your family, friends, and neighbors.  Involve yourself in the lives of others.  Serve, heal, protect.  Live a life of kindness; keep sweet words on your lips and in your heart.

    You won’t be sorry.

    “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”  Psalm 16:24

    “Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”   - Leo Tolstoy