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Date Added: December 2017

This is an interesting time of year because it brings happiness and joy to many, and sadness and depression to others. This can affect work resulting in unproductive work environments.

Properly addressing life’s difficulties has relevance to work – especially this time of year. Comments from St. Therese of Lisieux and Jacques Philippe from the book “The Way of Trust and Love” can help.

These individuals and book seem very distant from business; yet have much application to our lives. We all experience difficulties in our lives. Unemployment. Health. Family. Marriage. Death. Failures.

We handle these differently, some better than others. Regardless of the difficulty’s cause and characteristics, each is solvable through some combination of faith, hope or love.

Faith arises as we ask: Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? You think, “I’m a good person. Why me?” You begin to lose hope the situation is solvable or who you can turn to for help.

Instead of faltering more into our misery, this is when our faith should be strongest. Respond with: “I believe. I trust God. I believe this will work out. I believe something positive will come from this experience.” This is having faith.

Hope is closely linked to faith. What do I rely on? In whom do I place my hope? The answer is to fully give yourself to the one you truly believe in. Your hope becomes trust.

Hope determines “What is our security based on?” Where do we place our ultimate security? Who is your rock, your foundation? Who do you turn to in your darkest times, and trust – really trust – things will work out?

Love is involved because we don’t accept ourselves for who we are with our own limitations and issues, even though our uniqueness is exactly how God created each of us to be (not perfect). What act of faith am I being invited to make in this situation? What attitude of hope am I being called to live by? Am I being called to love all others?

Understanding and positively responding to questions of faith, hope and love creates positive change in our lives. While not easy, accept the difficulty but ultimately keep your faith, hope and love.

When misery occurs, we seek to find blame. Who is to blame? Unfortunately, we expect a clear answer. Everything may not have a clear answer, and this frustrates us. What attitude should I have in this situation? How can I get through this situation? How am I being called to grow through this? You will always get answers to these questions. Oftentimes we are asked to believe in something even if we don’t understand it.

This is the evolution from faith and hope to trust and love. Instead of seeking who to blame or how to solve it; simply rely on faith, trust and love. It is amazing how your difficulty resolves itself.

While you may still not like the results, your difficulty is responded to because you are asking different questions and discovering different answers. This takes courage and creates positive change.

When faced with difficulties, be not afraid. Accept things, even though this is not what you want. Phillipe summarizes with, “What act of faith am I being called to make, what attitude of trust am I being called to adopt, what conversion to love am I being called to undertake?” Faith, hope and love seem to be a great answer.

David Yeghiaian is committed to inspiring others through faith and leadership. Reach him at david@unique-solutionsinc.com.

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