And then I found that hope had always been present.
Over the course of my life and for many years I experienced many disappointments. These disappointments clouded my perspective because I invested myself in specific outcomes. When those outcomes did not occur — as I expected — I experienced both frustration and discouragement.
I continued to be both frustrated and discouraged when “things” did not turn out as I expected until I experienced a spiritual awakening. My spiritual awakening revealed to me what I thought had little or no value, meaning or purpose — had tremendous benefit.
My spiritual awakening revealed another reality. I discovered that I could begin to look at the events in my life — that triggered disappointment and discouragement — in a different way. I could begin to look at those events as opportunities to succeed, rather than as events designed to frustrate, disappoint and discourage me.
With my awareness I also began to realize that the walls that I saw erected in front of me — that I referred to in Part 2 of this series — were in actuality there to protect me, not to hinder me. With my awareness I realized that the walls were there to prevent me from rushing head first over “cliffs” I could not see that existed on the other side of the walls.
I also discovered that my discouragement and disappointments were in my life to play a vital role. With my awareness, I began to realize that apart from the discouragement and disappointments that I experienced, I may have never have moved on to the next lesson.
Please read Part 4 for context. Thank you.
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