Drained (Stories of People Who Wanted More) by Johann Christoph Arnold

By Johann Christoph Arnold

In tired, Arnold tells tales of many folks who overcame their maximum stumbling blocks. He builds his publication at the premise that the eager for peace lies deep inside of all people. tired makes no try to current a cure-all for life's difficulties, yet for these able to transcend quick-fix 'remedies', it deals stepping stones to a fulfilled existence.

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Com 47 Drained choose life Doubtless, Sophie went through moments of intense fear, but she refused to go back on her decision to fight with all her strength the evils of Hitler’s Reich. Today, such conviction is a rare thing. ) So is the reassurance and peace it brings in the face of struggle. Unless we are fully convinced of the rightness of what we are doing, we will never be able to face a similar test with such stamina. Nor will we experience the satisfaction of knowing that our life, even if cut short, has counted for something.

Well, at least I’m not fighting,’ I would say. I didn’t realize it then, of course, but my songs were an outlet for my anxiety. I felt unloved and wanted so much to be loved. I thought: if I could be good and behave, others would be happy. If only there were peace in my family, I would be happy. When I was older I felt I couldn’t do anything right, and that I wasn’t worth much anyway. Things got worse in my teenage years, and I got involved in all the usual things. The worst was that it was all hidden: the needs of my childhood, the misdeeds of adolescence… On the outside I was a normal, decent, even religious young woman.

It depends so little on the circumstances; it depends really only on what happens inside a person. ’ In my experience, the most common root of ingratitude is not hardship, but a false understanding of happiness. Bonhoeffer understood that the presence or absence of hardship need not have anything to do with our state of mind or soul. Most of us, though, attempt to weigh our happiness on an external scale –good things stacked against bad. As for the good things – family, food, house, friends, love, work – if we are honest, we must admit that we often take them for granted.

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