Unfortunately, when you arrived on this planet, no one gave you an instruction book on how to deal with life. In your early teens you were expecting life to be one big party once you got your act together as an adult. What a surprise! A few years after reaching adulthood and having to deal with the real world, you came to the realization that life is difficult. In this regard American philosopher George Santayana surmised, "Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament." Regardless of your age, if you expect living to be easier down the road, forget it.
What may come as a surprise is that life is difficult for everyone.
Your life won't be free of difficulty no matter how talented and how rich you become.
Truth be told, everyone experiences stress and pain to a certain degree.
Illness, natural disasters, accidents, death, and other negative events are inevitable.
None of us is immune.
The successful of this world take for granted that the world is a hard place. Carl Jung, the well-known Swiss psychiatrist, felt that unpleasant experiences help us find personal and spiritual wholeness. "Man needs difficulties," said Jung. "They are necessary for health."
As a matter of course the world throws curves at all of us throughout our lives.
In the event you ever find that everything is coming your way, you will probably be on a one-way street going the wrong way.
You may go through a stretch in your existence when so many things are going right that you start believing that nothing of consequence could go wrong.
As is to be expected, when you get on a roll, you will start thinking that you finally understand how life works.
Alas, just when you are convinced that you are under divine guidance, something will happen to burst your bubble.
Disaster will strike when you least expect it.
Most of the time, however, things appear a lot worse than they are.
Nothing very good lasts a long time - neither does anything very bad.
How many times have disasters become blessings in disguise?
Everything changes sooner or later.
The good becomes bad and the bad becomes good.
Profits turn into losses and losses turn into profits.
Approval may turn into disapproval and disapproval may turn into approval.
Mistakes and setbacks add up to success.
Then success leads to failure.
This is life.
It is never too late to start again.
As tough as things get sometimes, there are several ways to make life more alluring - things as simple as looking at the bright side of things. "When life 's problems seem overwhelming," syndicated columnist Ann Landers told us, "look around and see what other people are coping with.
You may consider yourself fortunate." It also helps to realize that nothing is as serious as it first appears.
Today's crisis makes tomorrow's interesting story.
American novelist Kathleen Norris has a formula for making your existence a lot less difficult: "Life is easier to take than you think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable."
Indeed, the more you can hold up to the tests of the real world, the more you can achieve.
The key is to put your mind at ease and rely on your inner strength to handle the difficult times confidently and successfully.
All told, life is a learning process and the school of hard knocks is a great teacher.
Pleasure and comfort don't build character - adversity does!
Once you acquire your Master's in Adversity, you will be prepared for the worst of situations.
As Clare Boothe Luce, an American playwright and public official, once emphasized, "There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them."
Life can be relatively difficult or it can be relatively easy.
Our material environment has nothing to do with how difficult it is
What matters is how we react to our environment.
Paradoxically, surrendering to the fact that life isn't always easy will make it a lot easier.
Whenever you feel that life is overwhelming you, just subject yourself to this mind-altering question: "Yes, life is tough - but then again, compared to what?"