FROM SAMAHRIA (Samahria Lyte Kaufman): We seem to always pray for the challenges to be over. As crazy as it may sound, why do we create suffering till it ends? When it's over, is that then the only time we can say, "Ah! Now I can be happy."
What would happen if we truly opened our arms and embraced "difficult"?
After all, even when it's over, it certainly isn't the end. Somewhere down the line, we'll be getting another opportunity to learn something in our lives. We might as well give them all "Ahs!" as we encounter them... since we CAN.
Instead of saying NO (this is bad for me) to something we think we don't want, imagine we said YES (this is going to be good for me). We may not know how that will look, but we can decide there's a gain/learning/gift in this, even before we know what that will be. How will that affect how we feel when difficult comes to visit?