When we fight the battles that must be fought, greater strength and resilience will develop. but when we try to run from these battles, or avoid them at all costs, uncertainty will result.
When we reach outside of our comfort zones, our fears will diminish and our insight will increase; but when we allow our fears to overwhelm us, anxiety will result.
When we commit ourselves to the "higher road," clarity will increase and discipline will expand our abilities; but when we settle for mediocrity, a sense of insignificance will result.
When we appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, we will find an optimism that will help us manage the tough times; but when we ignore the beauty or take it for granted, apathy will result.
When we face the problems that intimidate us, our reassurance and determination will flourish; but if we merely tolerate the pain, we will become victimized by it, and hopelessness will result.
When we grow beyond where we've been, we will discover characteristics and abilities that may not have been recognized before; but if we fail to initiate this growth process, unhappiness will result.
Unfortunately, with enough time and practice, unhappiness can occur so frequently, and our perception can become so distorted, that we may actually begin to see unhappiness as normal. The "luxury" of this type of self-betrayal is something we cannot afford.