The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives. The only method of doing this is to assume a perfect resignation to the Divine will, to consider that whatever does happen, must happen; and that, by our uneasiness, we cannot prevent the blow before it does fall, but we may add to its force after it has fallen. These considerations, and others such as these, may enable us in some measure to surmount the difficulties thrown in our way; to bear up with a tolerable degree of patience under the burden of life; and to proceed with a pious and unshaken resignation, till we arrive at our journey’s end, when we may deliver up our trust into the hands of Him who gave it, and receive such reward as to him shall seem proportioned to our merit.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to John Page, Jul. 15, 1763
We all are faced with calamities in this life, unfortunate circumstance which deters us from our goals.
I feel that we must all have some sort of character trait which helps alleviate some of the burdens life throws our way and one of those is faith.
Doesn’t necessarily have to mean belief in a higher power per se, but perhaps faith in onself…that things can work themselves out…that there is reason (fate) which causes us to turn down a darken road.
Strength of character, faith and a good attitude can go a long way during troubled times. I know…I have experienced my fair share in my 43 years of living and know that for me at least….am not in the least bit taken back by life. So bring it on…am here to embrace it..good or bad everything happens for a reason. We all must bear the burdens of our station…whatever they might be. Don’t give up, always keep pushing forward. You never know what might be around the bend………