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“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better not bitter.”
— Dan Reeves

“Strength does not come from winning. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

Smile and cheer up the spirit; everything is temporary. Problems are the steps we need to acquire better things. Problems are new opportunities to learn what we need to know to avoid making mistakes, to start over, to do the best we can, with a new attitude – the right attitude.

Everything is for good. At the end of the tunnel there is always light. The important thing is that regardless of any barrier we face, we don’t stop moving forward while we are in the darkness of that tunnel. To stay in such darkness, to lament, or to wait for somebody to feel pity or sorry for us doesn’t solve anything. The only thing we accomplish is to make ourselves victims and consequently to stay longer in that darkness full of misery.

It is important to understand that walking in that unavoidable dark tunnel is a blessing in disguise since it becomes part of our experience; it makes us grow and it is one of the two ways that forces us to form our character. Benjamin Franklin said, “We either buy wisdom, paying for our mistakes, or take it borrowed, learning from other people mistakes.”

To stay in the misery, blame others, or become the victim is not for you. You are bigger than any challenge; you have everything you need to make it through and succeed. Don’t stop! Continue moving forward! Don’t stay in that mental dark zone, the comfort and conformity zone. In this zone there is no growth, only insecurity.

Regardless of all fears, it is necessary to keep moving forward. There are a lot of blessings waiting for you! The riches of life are for those who have the courage and perseverance to take action. Life may not be fair; it is for sure that all of us will pay for our mistakes and/or other people mistakes. That is unavoidable, but what makes us grow is not how many times life beats us but how many times we get up and try.

Who hasn’t gone through bad times? The important thing is to see, understand, and accept life as it is. Everybody makes mistakes! Once we make a decision and take action there is no way to go back. Life cannot be, nor will it be otherwise. Being irresponsible, blaming, criticizing, or justifying our actions and mistakes keeps us from growing. Nobody is perfect. Problems are not the mistakes we make. Not being honest, not accepting and taking responsibility for our mistakes, but above all, not learning from them causes our problems.

Shantideva mentioned: “If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”

Smile! Don’t worry! Everything is OK! And it will improve even more! It is not worthwhile to affect our mental and physical health with unimportant things; things are as ephemeral and as irrelevant as our own existence. As long as you are breathing, your health, happiness and peace are the most important and valuable things you have. They are yours, and as long as you are on this planet, don’t allow anything to disturb them. You deserve to be happy! Demand and fight for what is yours. Nobody can make you happy or unhappy unless you allow it. You are bigger than any challenge that gets in your way.

Keep in mind that we are what we think about…

Think correctly and act correctly. Health, peace, happiness, prosperity, and satisfaction are for those who have the willingness, courage, and perseverance to do whatever is necessary, and to observe integrity in everything we are and do.

Do whatever you can do and keep moving forward, focusing on what you want. Freedom comes by accepting life, and everything that vibrates in it, as it is.

Changing how we view them can solve most problems; we create our own reality and problems are not the exception. It is our desires, the resistance of what is, that causes our suffering. We can change nobody, or what already happened. Don’t attach to the past and move on. Do what you need to do and let it go. Freedom lies on the acceptance of what is.

“Broken things can become blessed things if you let God do the mending.”
— Unknown

For a better world,

— Copyright © 2013 Eduardo Dominguez


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