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When Faced With Adversity…

March 25, 2011

Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like air. – Sarah Kay

Adversity can be a real $*%&*. It rears its ugly head not only when we least expect it but also when we have some sort of sneaking suspicion that it’s coming.

No matter how we prepare, no matter what we say to ourselves in anticipation, our gut reaction when faced with adversity almost always involves a mixture of panic, fear, disillusion and anger. We think to ourselves, “I can’t do this,” “I can’t overcome this obstacle,” “there’s no way I’m coming out on top.”

The first thoughts that race through our mind are panic. We freeze up, unable, for a brief moment, to move. Nothing makes sense, our mind is spinning and we feel trapped inside our own body.  Then an icy prickle of fear starts to take over and, while we regain mobility, we have no idea what move to make next.

Then, slowly but surely, things start to get a little clearer and we’re ready to stand up tall on our own two feet and face adversity head on.

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind. – Mahatma Ghandi

Adversity can be a real $*%&* but it’s also a defining moment in the many crossroads we face during this journey called life. It separates the strong from the weak and the impassioned from the unimpassioned.

The impassioned people, the people bursting with emotion and a zest for life, they are the strong and the ones that will stare down adversity as they pass it by. They are the ones that take in every moment and learn from it. Yes they experience the fear, the panic and the anger that comes with adversity but they embrace them. They grow from them. They take in the lesson they’re being given and instead of saying “I can’t” they say “I will.”

What inspired today’s post? Today I was faced with adversity. I buckled at its approach and, for a moment, felt myself giving in and giving up. But that was just for a moment. Because I’ve discovered that with every moment of adversity comes the opportunity to learn. And when it comes to learning, we can never, ever, learn enough.

Learn as if you’ll live forever. – Dr. Ben Dunlap

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2011 4:53 pm

    Genevieve, thanks for sharing in your post today. I try to turn challenges into opportunities as quickly as possible, but that stumble, when you’re trying to regain your balance is pretty scary. I am sure that something good will come out of the adversity you’re talking about.

  2. March 25, 2011 10:01 pm

    Jen – glad you enjoyed the post! That stumble is a moment that is sure to get us every time and it is only how we chose to overcome it that defines us. Having the courage to turn it into an opportunity takes a lot!

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