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We are born into this tumultuous world full of tears, but depending on our childhood, we may grow up with hopes and dreams of great things to come. Our parents, teachers and employers have expectations of us that we fall short of, meet, or exceed, but still we strive.
God places something in each of us that causes us to hope for better days, and the world continues to have expectations of us, whether realistic or not, reasonable or not. We must continue to strive to be better. Sometimes it seems okay to just let life wash over us, but if we are prone to depression or laziness, it is good to keep moving to avoid atrophy.
Each season of our life brings things both expected and unexpected. How we respond to these things is key to our success, and to the well-being of our loved ones around us. I tend to be self-focused, but need to be more others-focused, heeding what they are saying to me, in order to grow and for relational needs to be met.
Examine your shortcomings and challenges to help yourself grow. Sure, life is not all about busy activity and psychological introspection, but a little intentional self-check up is very important now and then, and if you are not good at that, maybe you know someone who is, that can help you to evaluate yourself. If you do have such a friend, then you are blessed.