Adversity can either MAKE you or it can BREAK you
Life is like the seasons, sometimes your up, sometimes your down. Sometimes its warm, sometimes its cold. Instead of looking to change the way life works we have an amazing ability to adapt, to learn and gather the jewels from whatever difficulty your are facing right now. There is ALWAYS more than you know.
What is Adversity?
Adversity is often a difficult or unpleasant situation. We all endure this in life (some more than others) and for many of us it can be very tough. The thing is we must go through adversity in order to grown and learn from life. But too often, these difficulties become too much and we seek external help; not that there is anything wrong with that now and then, but seeking externally is a route to dissatisfaction. The power to overcome is within.
Adversity could range from losing a job, losing a family member or even losing the whole essence of who you are. Many people go through this in life and unfortunately, with the way life is set up, there are many escape routes. TV, Food, Alcohol, Drugs, Sex many of these things are used are gateways for escape.
The problem with this is that you have just missed a huge opportunity for growth, knowledge and expansion. Even if you temporarily manage to forget about your struggles, they will return, tenfold.
Why you should be grateful for your Adversity
Lets face it, who truly from the bottom of their hearts wants a boring, easy secure life? A life where all you do is lounge around, and everything is planned and nothing goes wrong yet nothing goes right, and you are effectively living out a sorry existence? Who really wants that? Not me that for sure. In my view, if that how you see life, then maybe this article is not for you. To live like that means that you are living like zombie.
(Read – Truth about Happiness)
What is so amazing about difficulty in life is that it reveals yourself to you. All the inner workings of how you as a person operate on this serene plane.
Often when we go through adversity we wish it never came, and spend hours in regret wishing of what could have been; instead of realising the grand opportunity right in front of you.
This has happened for a reason, and after the initial depression if you are able to learn and grow, I promise you on the other side of your adversity, once you have overcome and learnt; your wildest dreams are there waiting for you.
Ultimately, be grateful for adversity, it will all make sense in the end.
Steve Jobs once said:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever will add up in the future. Some day you will look back, and it will all have worked out”
This quote sums up this article, everything is meant to happen, and just as the seasons are a permanent feature of the weather system on Earth, so is adversity. Learn to work with the seasons.
How to learn and grow with Adversity
Just like the seasons force up to prepare accordingly, so our adversity teaches us how to live our lives.
Each difficulty opportunity for growth and knowledge about yourself. Never run away from it, face each difficulty exactly how it is, accept it, and work with it. The obstacle in the way becomes the way.
Every step you take is a step closer to the destination and if you are never afraid to fail, then you will always meet with adversity. But what is so beautiful about adversity is that it teaches you what you need to know. It helps you grow as a person, and ultimately it allows you to become your true self.
If you decide to face your adversity, you will one day look back in awe, at just how much you have accomplished. Never run away from your fears, embrace them like the night embraces the day.
Until next time, peace and blessings – Junaid. X
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