An interesting thing those of you past the age of forty have likely noticed is that life becomes more challenging as each decade passes. It gets to be more fun. Oh, it’s a lot of fun. You’re scrambling every minute, trying to figure out what’s next. And it’s not because of forgetting; it’s just because there are a lot more things to do. Those of you who are under fifty and don’t believe it, just wait.

Whenever you run into a situation, you think, Okay, this is a brand new one. Sometimes the body plays tricks on you, and you don’t know what’s going on. You try to figure your way through it, and you wonder, How am I going to make it this time Sometimes they’re just little things, annoying things, easy to get irritated about.

But along comes the next bigger one. At that point, there’s no irritation, just scrambling wide open, trying to accept what the ECK, or Holy Spirit, is trying to teach us, trying to show us.

Because there’s a lesson in every single experience.

We like our lives to go easy. We want them to go smoothly. And when they do, it’s interesting -— our creativity often goes to sleep. But when things get hard, then we become awake. And the harder they get, if we’re at all spiritual, the more creative we become.

What keeps people from being creative is the old bugaboo, attachment. That means having a real fondness for some way of doing things or perceiving a thing.

So we go to sleep. But then when things get really hard, we wake up. And we ask, Now what? What do I do now? What’s the lesson? Where’s the open doorway?

That’s not a bad thing. It’s a good thing, because it evokes the spirit of creativity we have when at our best. This is the gift God has given to you -— and to me.

Sri Harold Klemp
Sri Harold Klemp is an award-winning author, teacher, and spiritual guide who helps seekers reach their full potential. He is the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master and spiritual leader of Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom. His body of work includes more than one hundred books, which have been translated into eighteen languages and won multiple awards. Find your own path to true happiness, wisdom, and love in Sri Harold Klemp's inspired writings. Visit www.Eckankar.org.

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