Difficulties are soul
shaping...they can be lessons that lead
us to know who we are.
Jean Shinoda Bolen
As we mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11
and mourn the thousands of our fellow
Americans who so wrongfully died, we
know what difficulty is.
We also know what difficulty is in a
more general way. Our own birth brings a
certainty of pain and loss. That is
What is not inevitable is our response
May we accept that we can't escape
difficulty in life, but we can look at
it straight in the eye and say, "ah, I
embrace you as I embrace joy... and I
remain open to you as my compassionate
Life is always worth living.