I have a friend who once the following said to me.
The path to Spiritual Enlightenment has two stages.
After years of suffering and struggle you reach the first basic stage of understanding which is that “Everything will be alright“.
Then if you work hard and after many years of further study you can achieve the highest level of enlightenment. And that is “Actually it is alright now!“.
I’m reminded of it today. We’ve had some bad news – I’ve not liked 2013 it has been littered with too much bad news, some really good but too much bad – the father of a good friend of our daughter’s has been battling cancer for some time. Sadly the decision has had to be taken to withdraw active treatment as there is no more to be done now but palliative care. So very sad and awful.
Today I’m working hard just on the first part of my Enlightened path – the second one can go to hell in a handcart for a while!