Developing inner strength, determination and courage

“Through a difficult period you can learn to develop inner strength, determination, and courage to face the problem. If you become discouraged, that is the real failure; you have lost a valuable chance to develop. Enemies give us this kind of chance. Also, when you think in terms of the practice of patience, an enemy is the most benevolent of helpers. Through cultivating patience your merit increases; thus enemies are the main instigators of spiritual advancement.” – The Dalai Lama, Widening the Circle of Love