When you reach a mountain top or plateau, you can be sure it is a respite not a destination. Struggles come and go in our lives. Hopefully as we get older and gain maturity, they come fewer and further in between. But, come they will.
As time goes by, my struggles last shorter and shorter periods of time. I think the key has been, not to panic. I used to go into panic mode, believing I had to "fix it". Some things, one must simply go through.
I have a relative entering a life changing struggle. One I've walked through myself. In observing what he's going through, I remember where I once was. It wasn't that long ago, I walked in his shoes.
The fact that I've been through it and come out the other side a changed woman will help me support him. I can relate and encourage him as he travels his journey. Sometimes a struggle in our own lives can result in, not only our growth, but in another's growth as well.
People need people. We are here to learn to love others and quench our own egos. It is in the helping of another I find my joy in life. It's not always, or even often, easy. Making the effort and doing it with a loving spirit changes lives.
Fantasizing freedom from ego.