Yet who can doubt that all the central Figures demonstrated to the whole of mankind an assured and happy way of life? Here is where their example seems particularly precious. To rise above the disappointments, obstacles, and pain which we experience in serving the Cause is difficult enough, but to be called on, in doing so, to be happy and confident is perhaps the keenest spiritual test any of us can meet. (Shoghi Effendi, Quickeners of Mankind, p. 117)
O dear! I don’t like that not only do I have to find a way to rise above disappointments, obstacles and pain, but I also have to be happy and confident too? Sometimes I really think God asks too much of me! That’s how I feel today, in the middle of feeling sorry for myself.
This morning, believing I was acting on a prompting from spirit, I tried to tackle a 2-person job all by myself. I failed miserably and made the problem worse, and sunk into hopelessness, despair and self-pity as a result. Fortunately, I don’t indulge in those emotions as often as I used to, because I’ve learned that happiness is a choice, as this quote seems to imply. I identified the feeling, got up and walked for 10 minutes, praying for my neighbors as I walked and came back feeling ready to tackle the next meeting, grateful to have had the opportunity to be of service to someone.
Learning how to behave from the central figures of our Faith, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read through today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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