There are junctures in life when we encounter hardship in that journey. Sometimes the causes are from the outside world, sometimes from within us.  Hardship comes in many forms.  Our relationship with the outside world, with relationships, and within our own center are key factors. 
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
Posted:  July 16, 2020
Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee