Over the course of your many lifetimes, you learn to turn challenges into strengths. Every challenge has a potential – every one. Equally, every challenge has a negative potential: it can result in fear, hatred, anger, blame, hopelessness, vengeance, ruthlessness, cruelty, or abuse. Even mildly challenging circumstances can result in terrible experiences of pain and suffering.
What makes the difference is what aspect of yourself responds to the challenges – the ego or Essence. In any one moment, one or the other steps up and reacts. What most determines what reacts is your level of evolution.
~ Gina Lake