The degree of life’s severity isn’t really something that can be compared either. Each of us can experience the same situation and it will have very different impacts upon those individuals. Let us not denounce the struggles of others out of the egotistical belief that our own strife is somehow greater and of more worth. Take the competition out of who is having the worst day/moment/etc. There is no need to compare, just empathize and help to hold one another up.
Any moment is the point of transformation, a shift from one state to another. It is the goal as a Witch to foster this change in such a way that it is one of growth and inner transformation. It is the eternal seeking to be like the alchemist of old; to transform the lead of our Being into gold. We are the ones responsible for our lives and as such what we make of it is our own. We are the shapers and weavers of our lives; we are like the smith at the forge, the Witch stirring their cauldron brew.
Only by knowing every aspect of their being is a Witch able to foster change and improve the Self as a whole. This is not just merely a spiritual mastery of the Self, but also a physical and mental/emotional mastery by which the Witch comes to know the world about them. In doing so, it is important not to delude oneself with illusion or to cloud the truth of ourselves from our own being.
There are many parts of life that are outside of our control. They will be what they are, and will not be changed. The past cannot be undone. By dwelling upon the irreversibly done and allowing regret to shape the now, those temporary mistakes of the past reign over the sovereignty of the Self. Acceptance of what has been fated to the past is crucial if a Witch is to live in the now, and wield the power of change in accordance with their Will. Just as the Craft begins and ends here, so does change. Here is where the Witch walks the path, wherever here is.
Self transformation is no easy task, it requires years of work. There will be challenges and trials that must be overcome. The most difficult of which arise, will be self-imposed. If lessons are to be gained, no matter the severity of the trial the Witch must have dedication and perseverance.
Long-term transformation is accomplished bit by bit. By making positive change a continued reality in the moment, thus the Witch succeeds. That is the trick. The events of a badly begun morning cannot be undone, but the reaction, attitude, and actions can be. These are the tools of the Self by which the Witch applies the magick of change and rebirth unto their own eternity.
"Lost in a thicket bare-footed upon a thorned path."