I recognize that through deep personal suffering comes soul growth. I connect with soul through my inner self. The more deeply I am able to go within, the deeper my relationship with my own soul. Why should life be easy? Isn’t my insistence on its being easy a sort of immaturity? Anyone who has truly felt life knows that there is pain along with pleasure, loss along with gain, fullness along with emptiness. There is a purity and a nobility to suffering that brings me closer to my own divine nature and burns away the debris that blocks my path toward soul. My character is formed in the furnace of my soul, shaped from and strengthened constantly by trying to pull out of myself the best that I have to offer at that time. When I turn my back on what is difficult and painful in life, I weaken my character.
I am willing to feel.
When a man’s knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold. Whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.