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Where’s My White Knight?

Instead of waiting to be rescued, look inward to save yourself.

Seventeen years ago, I was horribly broke. In one month, I’d been fired from my job and lost all my money in a bad business deal. A relationship had failed; I’d have to give up my apartment. I was perilously close to living on the streets. And yet I took things very calmly.Friends were shocked. “Look at the mess you’re in,” they told me. “You have to be a grown-up. Take responsibility.”When life comes crashing down like this, many people search feverishly for answers. They pray for a helping hand, for a white knight to ride in on a steed and save them. Whereas to me, panic wastes a lot of energy. A spiritual grown-up can be present in a crisis. Recognize it as a chance to grow, to move out of stale or difficult circumstances into something more harmonious.I’ll give you an example: If you’re overweight, convention says try the latest fad diet—though they rarely work in the long term. Meanwhile, the spiritual solution is saying: Work on your inside. Do things that raise your self-esteem. Get some exercise; invest in the kind of organic, nutritious, balanced diet that helps keep you slim. Now you own the s …

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