My online temple had a very interesting discussion last week. While discussing a verse of the Tao Te Ching, the talk turned to tests that life may give you.
A test of adversity is tough, no doubt about it. Many turn to faith in these times, and offer support to others in a similar situation. It's true that for many, their adverse times are truly character building.
What of the opposite though? The Tao proposes that there is an equal and opposite test we all face (yin yang anyone?).
A test of prosperity seems like a test we'd all be glad to take. The trouble is, it may not be as easy as it sounds. When things are going well in your life, it becomes easy to take things for granted, to get priorities mixed up, and many other unwanted outcomes.
I feel as though I am experiencing such a test right now. After almost 5 years of adversity, things are really going well for me now. It's strange, I almost don't know how to act. I had almost made infertility a part of my persona. Now I'm switching that persona to pregnant, and eventually to mom. It's surreal, as I spent so much time dreaming about it, and here it is.
I have vowed not to take it for granted. I am so happy to have my little man growing inside me. I love him with all of my heart already, and am thankful for his growth and health every day. I have also continued to reach out to my fellow infertile community. A success story alone can be a great source of hope to many.
I am also making sure to reconnect with the Tao. Focus on the three treasures of compassion, humility, and simplicity.
I have to admit, I do prefer this test of prosperity. But it helps to take a step back and remember that it too is a test.