Recently I was talking with someone whom I happened to run into and hadn’t seen in a few years. While talking to her, it struck me that she has had lots of adversity in her life. She doesn’t seem to deal with it well, and I believe there are lots of people like this who might benefit from knowing about such things as this blog. This is a post I wrote/quoted/referenced last fall. It’s still relevant!
The following blog post/article is written by Chuck Gallozzi. I found it most interesting and thought perhaps you would too.
Adversity: Here to Break Us or Make Us?
Pain, suffering, stress, and other difficulties are the admission tickets to the game of life. But, at times, we cannot help suspecting that life would be much more pleasant without the hassles. Is that what you think? Before answering, ponder the following. In a world without hurdles, there are no champions; without suffering, there are no saints; without battles, there are no victories; without rain, no rainbows. Doesnt it appear that a world that includes pain is more rewarding than one that doesnt? Isnt heat necessary to produce gold, pressure and polishing necessary to produce diamonds, and adversity necessary to produce character?
Heres how Henry Ford expressed the same sentiment: Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
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How do you handle adversity? How do you help others handle their adversity?