Wednesday, November 28, 2012
1. a condition of suffering, destitution or affliction
2. a calamitous or disastrous experience.
3. challenges, hardship, intolerance, misfortune, growth, possibility, vision, work, obstacles, darkness, sin, faith, loneliness, hunger, grace, growth, gratitude, grief.
Now my definition may sound a bit confusing, but I believe that adversity is all those things. Some of those words are results of adversity, and some of those words are causes of adversity.
"Adversity introduces a man (or woman) to himself."
Been lots of adversity lately! Not just around the world, not just in our own country, not just in our own towns, but in our families and our own lives. I see it, I feel it coming from others, I feel it in my own life. I don't know if there are more bad times now, or if it's just because we see it more because of technology, but what ever it is, challenges are here to stay.
"Growth demands a temporary surrender of security" I really hate letting go of security. I guess I need to focus on the word "temporary". I know when I look back at my life, I am amazed at the growth in my life.
"Within every adversity lies a slumbering possibility" Robert Schuller
Slumbering is right. When in the middle of something, it's dang hard to see that possibility.
"The might oak tree was once a little nut that held it's ground." I think of a particular blogger sweetheart who is experiencing her share of adversity, and I know that if she can just hold her ground.....
"You'll notice that a turtle only makes progress when it sticks out it's neck...." Boy isn't that the truth. Sometimes we have to take a chance, stick out our neck to make progress.
"Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up" Whenever I am in a hard time, it's so hard for me to remember to look up, or drop to my knees for guidance.
"We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joys in the world." We would never learn a thing.
"It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line"! I laugh at this one because it is so TRUE!
"Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture". Whoa that's a hard one, but possible.
"Caffeine isn't a drug, it's a vitamin" What? how did that get in here.
This is the very last one - "Trouble shared is trouble halved" There is no need to shoulder your problems all by yourself. It takes a village to raise an idiot, I mean a child, and I am a firm believer it takes friends and family (that you are friends with) to get through adversity. I know that a lot of people don't want to talk about their problems and believe me I understand that. But to share your trouble can ease the burden a little.