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I dedicate this issue of A Virtues Moment to my daughter Kate and her husband Scott, who have been using Perseverance and Courage since their twin boys were born very prematurely. They have spent the last 78 days in the hospital as the boys continue to grow and develop into healthy boys.
Sometimes I wonder about the Abundance theories, positive thinking and claims that happiness is ours just for the asking. What about suffering? Is suffering also a part of the human condition? How can we appreciate joy if we haven't experienced sorrow? How can we appreciate abundance if we haven't had periods of financial worry. How do we get through periods of unexpected difficulties, when we are exhausted or under extreme stress? Philosophers, psychologists, religious leaders and deep thinkers have written about this with more wisdom than I, but since it is in my life experience, I wonder how my virtues are developing and growing and needed during these periods of time.
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