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Seeking Contentment During Difficult Times
Date:6/4/2010

suffering. I held on to hope—that the next job would be better than the last---I was grateful for the courage to have the opportunity to keep trying, no matter what.”

Wallace adds, "It was written thousands of years ago that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint. Whenever we hold on to hope, we will always find the bounce from a setback..

As a young boy, Wallace writes in his memoir, that when he dropped out of high school, he realized that he had to take any job that was offered. He worked as a janitor in factories, as a parking valet at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, and as a truck driver for a meat packing plant. Says Wallace, “Look, don’t let this economy get you down. Sure things are tough right now. But, read my book. Look at what I had to do to survive. If I can make it out, anyone can.

"If your job is to be a mechanic, then be a grateful mechanic. If your job is to be janitor, then be a grateful janitor. If the Divine Angel assigned to your case reaches out to allow some sort of wonderment to be glimpsed through your hard efforts, then Amen to you. But, if not, then Amen to you anyhow for showing up to do your part–for giving it your very best effort during these worst of times.”

So what is Wallace’s advice to the impoverished and the suffering? “Be grateful for life itself, and discard the bitterness, jealously and hatred whenever life deals you a bad deck of cards.” Amen to you for having the sheer human love and the inner beauty and greatness of being you. Amen to you for having the determination and stubbornness to never give up. Just keep showing up to do your part of it every day, to do your piece that is expected of you, whatever that is.

Amen, thank you, magnificent, and bravo for having the, incomprehensible joy of being grateful, even when things
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