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Life without hardships may seem more attractive, but it is a shallow, lackluster thing.
— Daisaku Ikeda

Monday returns but not without slight disappointment with regards to this week's schedule. What should have lasted until the end of the week was brought to a close during lunchtime. Nonetheless, there is a reason for everything even if we cannot see the reason at the moment.

The plans we make, both short term and long term, are far from permanent in nature. In fact, nothing in this life is permanent. Things change, people change, circumstances change. We must learn the art of being able to adapt at a moment's notice for if we do not, we will be left behind wondering what could have been had we been quicker to embrace such change.

Time stands still for no living being. We are given 24 hours each day which we are to use to the best of our ability in order to further our goals. Some days will be more difficult than others but we get another chance the following morning to start anew. With each misfortune or disappointment, we learn from the past in order to make a better tomorrow.

As the past is left behind, the future unfolds before us. Much to our chagrin, the end of the year approaches with quickening pace. It is astounding to fathom how half of October is already behind us with the festivities of December soon upon us. Then the entire cycle starts once again as a new year begins.

Though we might not have an explanation for why a specific moment in our lives occurred, there is a reason for all things. We simply need to learn to accept what comes our way and move forward with grace and gratitude.