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Discontent, depression, disconnection,
or dissatisfaction, are our friends
if we take them as messengers
to help us to change course
pushing us to leave our comfort
zone and get off the couch,
to be uncomfortable to strive
more than merely survive.

This is such a common theme,
(for me) but sharing's still important
as many on a spiritual path,
or those who strive for excellence
confront obstacles to realizing
their goals and life mission
so please don’t mind my repetition,
only think if it can help you rise up.

Therefore, setting goals we are
called to, and working toward them
make the difference between
biological existence and contribution—
so, it’s better to feel awkward
and challenged for the short term
then to lament in old age and death
that we never realized our potential.
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My default setting is
coasting and adapting
yet that non-strategy
gives only more of the same,
as the most significant,
memorable times of my life
are when I left the ordinary
to choose the extraordinary.

However, choosing the extraordinary
doesn’t bring achievement
all at once, but only by going
inch by inch, step by step
recommitting daily, regularly
to our set and true course,
keeping our inspiring vision
and heart feelings on the goal.

For me, it always returns
to the battle for the soul—
what will I allow, or decide
to dominate my life vision,
getting me out of bed
to awaken my calling,
will the mind reign supreme
or will the soul be victorious?
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Lessons are repeated
till learned, so….
Will I have to attract
another life-threatening illness?
or can I accept my commission
of giving my heart’s compassion?
Will it be selfishness or love?
Who will be crowned King?

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GREAT HOPE: "The strong conviction that one will certainly receive the favor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is called in Sanskrit asa-bandha. Asa-bandha means to continue to think, 'Because I'm trying my best to follow the routine principles of devotional service, I am sure that I will go back to Godhead, back to home.'

"In this connection, one prayer by Rupa Gosvami is sufficient to exemplify this hopefulness. He says, 'I have no love for Krsna, nor for the causes of developing love of Krsna -- namely, hearing and chanting. And the process of bhakti-yoga, by which one is always thinking of Krsna and fixing His lotus feet in the heart, is also lacking in me. As far as philosophical knowledge or pious works are concerned, I don't see any opportunity for me to execute such activities.

" 'But above all, I am not even born of a nice family. Therefore I must simply pray to You, Gopijana-vallabha [Krsna, maintainer and beloved of the gopis]. I simply wish and hope that some way or other I may be able to approach Your lotus feet, and this hope is giving me pain, because I think myself quite incompetent to approach that transcendental goal of life.' The purport is that under this heading of asa-bandha, one should continue to hope against hope that some way or other he will be able to approach the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord." [NOD 18. Character of One in Ecstatic Love, Great Hope]
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"Lord Chaitanya is described as follows: He is the only shelter for the forlorn, the most fallen, and He is the only hope for those who are completely devoid of spiritual knowledge." [TLC 17: Lord Chaitanya, the Original Personality of Godhead]

"Similarly, one should devoutly execute the regulative principles of devotional service and at the same time hope for Krsna's favor or for His devotee's favor." [NoD 17: Ecstatic Love]
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