You possess a potential power that is superior to any difficulty that life may ever present. This immense inner capability enables anyone who will claim it to instantly rise above his challenger. It makes no difference what form the challenge may assume or how huge it looms. This latent power of yours can render it harmless and ultimately make it disappear.
This friendly force that can turn your life into a series of victories is the power to question defeat. Now, before you start insisting that you already question your stresses and strains, allow me to show you the difference between right intention and right direction. A little story will help illustrate this higher idea.
A happy traveler noticed a tired-looking man seated off to the side of a small but pleasant country road. It appeared that even the cool shade of the tree seemed to weigh upon him. The traveler asked if he might sit for a while and refresh himself. It wasn't long after they had shared some bread, an apple, and sparse, polite conversation that the obviously unhappy man spoke up. He begged his new companion's forgiveness and went on to ask if the traveler could help him.
It seemed he had been wandering for weeks, going through all kinds of difficulties; but for all his intense effort, he could tell he wasn't getting any closer to his destination. He wanted to return to the home of his childhood. The traveler understood his plight and asked where was this home. The man, showing his first smile, called out the name of the small town where he had been born. The traveler looked at him gently and then spoke. "I know how it feels to want to go home; but along with your right intention, you've got to have the right direction. You've been headed the wrong way, friend."
The kind traveler then pointed him in the right direction and the wandering man soon made it back to the home of his youth.
Let's look at this story through the eyes of a new understanding. In that way we too can make it back to our authentic inner home, our True Self. First we must realize that our stressful, pain-filled experiences are not caused by people or events, but by our reactions to them.