And they told me this interesting, wonderful, and faithful perspective.
"Sometimes you go down before you go up!"
Like the Wheel of Life (Gilgal Hachozer), what goes down, thank G-d can and does tend to go back up--it's a return to the mean and then some.
When you realize that challenges and even hardships are part of the cycle, and that these test and grow you and your ability to overcome, then you can face them knowing that you can rise up and hopefully to another level of maturation and happiness.
Yes, know that nothing is easy in life!
Often we take a step back to take two forward or a step down to boost ourselves further up.
It's the nature of progress.
Don't be afraid to go down a little right before you're about to go way on up. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)