spiritual muscles

When we reach a stretch in which everything is going very nicely—we’re born in fine circumstances, things go very well for us, most of our friends are really good, we don’t have too many horrible sicknesses, our families are well—that’s wonderful, and very nice. But if we just stay at that level of complacency, what have we learned? How will we cope if someone close and whom we love suddenly dies, or if we contract some terrible disease? It’s not that we have to go out looking for pain and problems—we’re not masochists. But when problems and difficulties arise, when adverse circumstances arise, we do not try to avoid them. We take them as the path. We use them, and we realize that this is how we learn. These are the weights with which we develop our spiritual muscles.

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