Let's be honest... The path isn't always easy, especially for a lay person. When ever things look difficult, or I find myself dealing with doubt, I look at what the practice has done for me thus far. It's a good source of inspiration and confidence when life is wearing you down and the slow coming results of your practice are near and far between.
For me, the practice has made me utterly more honest. I find this honesty makes many things much simpler where they would have been much harder.
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