Find solace in knowing that the path you are on is your path, that you have always been on your path, that life itself is always showing you where you need to go next. Life itself is your greatest teacher. Your awakening comes in becoming aware of that; aware of life’s lessons, big and small; aware of yourself as a being both finite and infinite. The challenge comes when you ask yourself to stay aware, alert, and awake in every moment of every day so that you don’t miss anything. Sometimes the biggest lessons come in the subtlest of ways.
On this day, find love in your heart for your petty tyrants, for those who confound you, for those who test you, for they are your greatest teachers. Though they may seem to be unrelenting in their cruelty, in their needling, in their teasing, they are but frightened souls unaware of their teaching power. Let them be, but let them be with loving gratitude for how they throw you back into yourself so that you may deal with your own inadequacies and your own fears on an inner level, where such things should always be confronted and dealt with. The people in your life are all part of your greater growth, development, and eventual transformation. With gratitude, thank them. And if you can’t do it now, know that one day you will, for you will understand the bigger picture when you too are ready.