There are junctures in life when we encounter hardship in that journey.  Sometimes the causes are from the outside world, sometimes from within us.

In the I Ching, hexagram 39 is called "Hardship", and these are words of guidance from that text which I share with you today:

If one loves others,

and they do not respond in the same way, 

one should turn inward and examine one's own love.

If one treats others politely,

and they do not return politeness,

one should turn inward and examine one's own politeness.

When one does not realize what one desires,

one must turn inward and examine oneself in every point.

Hexagram 39:  Mencius resonating with Confuscious, The Complete I Ching:  A  Definitive Translation, By Taoist Master Alfred Huang

Originally Posted 18 April 2018