In your life, you may at times feel you have worked so hard, and you have done every single thing you could in your power to earn your way and be a good person. You have given and given and given — trying never to keep a score or be a burden to others. You tried so hard to be selfless and tried to believe that good people are rewarded in the end. You turned your doubts into faith and your anger into love after endless failures and betrayals. You pressed forward with positivity. But, maybe things have not turned out the way you had hoped yet, and you have found yourself in a low place. You looked around and said, “I have helped people, who will help me? I have been so good.” In these moments, it is tempting to ask, “where is my break; what about karma or God — does anyone care? Is everything in life for nothing? Is any of it worth it?” It is so easy to want to give up in times of failure and disappointment in what seems like an endless struggle. We can become depressed and dis-couraged, which means we have lost our courage.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
— Maya Angelou
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
— Lucille Ball