God had a quandary. She wanted to bring us to an enlightened state but She could not just give it to us (we have free will). So, She had to develop the means for us to get it on our own. She had to create a process (a middle step) between ignorance and enlightenment that would facilitate our transition into enlightenment.
It’s a common theme this time of year. We rush around shopping and going to parties, visiting family, etc. so we’re doing a lot, and there is a physical drain. And of course, it is supposed be a joyous and happy time! But it’s not just running the marathon of parties, etc. that is getting to you. The stress you are feeling is coming straight from your inner kid.
Gratitude changes the lens through which you view life. It pulls you out of the morass of your daily ego struggles and reminds you of how much you are loveland supported. It also helps protect you from the destructive influences of envy, resentment, greed and bitterness.
This will be hard for some of you to hear, but everyone gets the life they need in order to advance their spiritual development. If you didn’t have a great deal of work to do, you could choose a life of minimal struggle. Others needed to do more work, so they chose lives that offered more conflict. And then there are those who, for whatever reason, chose to eat the whole whale in one sitting.
We are never sure about our worth, but the doubt of our worthiness is always lurking about in the shadows. And feeling unworthy is a measure of the state of our consciousness.