The View of Adversity

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit

Napoleon Hill

Life happens. There are ups and there are downs. It’s impossible to not have some down times throughout your life. It’s an inevitable reality. Those adversities, trials, tribulations, heartbreak and failures come in varying frequency. Some experience it more than others. But one thing is certain. It happens to all of us.

During these times, the question is often asked “why me?”. The pain from these moments often drives down to the negative spectrum of emotions. That’s because it harder to be positive when times are tough, to see the light when surrounded by darkness. By no means is this an easy task, life designed it to be this way to show you the beauty that these times may have in your life.

For it is in these down moments that we learn about ourselves more than at the heights of success. They strengthen intangible qualities of our character so that when success comes our way we have paid the price that is asked of life. Adversity is in the eye of the beholder. It is how we view adversity that determines our success.

It is a view of “how may I learn something of value from this?”. We learn more from our defeats more than our successes. During the storm it is a difficult question to ask. But it is an essential question that has to be asked of ourselves. For that value found may carry with it a seed of a greater equivalent that may propel us through the adversity we are facing.

It is a shift in focus from the negative emotions that lay siege to so many searching for the wrong answers when adversity strikes to a more positive nature. Your attention diverts your energy to the thing you are focusing on. That energy holds the power of wither a positive or negative nature. It is your choice how you use your energy when faced with a problem.

When you look for something of value from a situation or experience another shift occurs. It is a shift of a more positive energy to the adversity and with that a solution can be found. This usually happens in an unexpected way so you must keep your mind open for signs. When you search, you will be able to turn the tide. Turning a negative into a positive. Be persist and search for the answers. They will come to you.

When you come out of that tough time you will be stronger because of it. The one thing that you cannot do is give up. Giving up is never the answer. If needed seek out the help of others to aid you in solving the challenge. There are always others willing to lend a helping hand, words of advice or simply just a listening ear. But in the end others can’t do it for you, they may help but it is you alone that must weather the storm and come out on the other side.

Know that these times won’t last. The sun always shines after the darkest of nights. Just because things are good right now doesn’t mean that they can’t be better in the future. Find something of beauty in this storm for it will be your saving grace and will turn the tide of your life.

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