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It is said that we learn from life’s harder lessons and we would certainly hope that we listen and heed to the hard lessons.

Why is it many of us do not seem to heed the easier lessons?

Is there some other way to teach us lessons without having the hard experiences and we can still reap the full understanding we need to learn?

If we had full control over every event we experienced in our life, would we shelter ourselves from the challenging lessons we need to learn by reducing the hardships experienced?

Would we choose an easier path to enlightenment? They say that the best lessons learned are the more difficult ones, but why is that?

Most of us accept that life teaches us what we need to learn, but can we accept without question some of the challenges that are provided by life?

In reality there is little choice of the events that come our way (certainly choice on how we deal with them) and we have to adapt to these conditions. They are what they are. Quite the statement, but ultimately this is the truth.

Fighting hardships that are placed in front of us only serves to make what feels difficult even harder. It may appear in the beginning that we are winning when we are paddling up stream against the rapids but eventually we will tire and the current will take us downstream where we were meant to go in the beginning.

Stop paddling upstream. Turn the kayak downstream right from the get go, climb in and enjoy shooting the rapids. Ego tells us to paddle against the current. What does this accomplish?

We are well equipped to handle most of life’s events. There are times when we travel in a one-person kayak but there will be times when we have to utilize a ship. Call upon the best mates you can find to help sail that ship. A dear friend, earthly trained professionals, our higher self, our guides and Source are the best shipmates available.

We are in control of how we sail our ship. We make the decisions on how to sail this life by our attitude towards the waters we ride. Put the journey into proper perspective. Attitude and belief structure are key ingredients to resolving issues that enter our lives. When we meet with a trained professional they do not do the work for us, they guide us to understanding, but in the end we make the adjustments that are necessary.

Regardless of how we address our journey, we are the captain at the helm and make the decisions of what we are doing with the ship. Realize your control and strength. Know that these are yours. Work as hard as you need to control your ship in these turbulent waters but know this storm will pass and you will again enjoy the calm waters.

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