How often we think that the trials we have to face were caused by outside forces, by fate, or by God. We're only too ready to look outside ourselves for the reasons for our afflictions, when the real enemy is self-deception. We may be poor, deprived of the necessities of life, frustrated in the things we think we want to do. It is only too easy to blame all these things on other people. Yet however difficult they may make our lives, we could do a great deal to offset this damage by turning our examination and criticism on ourselves, and taking energetic steps to correct what we think and do.