“The disheartened are useless to themselves and to me, but only the ego can be disheartened. (T64)”
1 – We Are Needed in the This World
This passage indicates another reason that withdrawal from the world is not recommended. We have a role to play in the salvation of the world. If we do not take our place, it is left empty, and Jesus needs us to take the role that he assigns.
2 – Beginning the Day Again
When we begin the day as a “bad day,” it is wise to take steps that we know, from past experience, will turn around the day. If we are faced with a rainy and dark day, the weather itself may affect our mood. But when we do some simple things, such as physical exercise (for example), or getting out among people, or saying things that make us grateful, we can turn around a poor beginning immediately. God does not wish us to have bad days. Would we wish this on ourselves?
3 – The Ego Is Involved
Remember that feeling disheartened is a function of the ego. In fact, it is one of the most common ways in which we are derailed. Ego-based action is always misguided; there are no exceptions to this rule, in the tenets of the Course.
4 – Drop the Ego
We see, therefore, another way that we can recognize that the ego has taken over again. If we feel disheartened, we are leading our lives in the way of the ego. This cannot but bring us down. The answer? Give up thinking that we are more special than our brothers. We are all equal, though not all equal in time. Some have greater and some have lesser roles to play. Some are closer to Awakening than others. But we will all take the pathway to Awakening and find its conclusion eventually. That is what time is for.
When I am tempted to feel disheartened, may I drop this feeling because I can recognize it is of the ego. I want to drop all things that are of the ego.
Help me to do for myself today the things that will turn around my day, and give me hope for a better day and a better tomorrow. This is something that I can do to cooperate with you and drop the funk that threatens to engulf me. My ego is having a field day, and I would not cooperate with its machinations.
Help me to take my role in salvation. Until I do this, my place will remain empty, and your children will not all find their way back to You.