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Q: I’ve been feeling discouraged. How can I make a fresh start?

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A: In life, of course, there are times when we are unable to win. There may also be times when it seems that we will be crushed by adversity. But even at such moments, we must never allow ourselves to be beaten in our hearts. We must resolve not to be defeated in the future. We practice Nichiren Buddhism so that we can be victorious in life. …

When we have problems, there is no need to fret or worry. Problems can make us a better and stronger person. … When you come up against a difficulty, don’t give in to defeat or despair. Stand tall and proudly forge ahead on the path of your mission. If you do, you will eventually be able to transform poison into medicine and usher in a brilliant new day. …

We are most vulnerable to negativity when we are discouraged and filled with self-doubt. If you face such times by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo vibrantly and challenging such negativity head-on, you can dispel it. (The Victorious Teen,
pp. 4–5)

Feb. 3, 2023, World Tribune, p. 11

The Most Fundamental Cause

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