Another year has passed and certainly another year full of challenges is at hand. To better prepare myself this year, I have decided to start my first post for 2016 on a topic about adversity.
What is Adversity? The Oxford dictionary defines it as: “A difficult or unpleasant situation”.
Adversity is a constant part of life. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all face adversity every day. Adversity stems from situations, some within in our sphere of control and others beyond our control or influence; at other times, it comes from people around us, or, from the choices we made in the past.
Regardless of what is the source of adversity, nobody is immune to it: it comes to all of us.
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you”. – Walt Disney
Walt Elias Disney experienced a difficult situation during his first venture into film making. The initial failure of The Alice Comedies has inoculated young Walt against the fear of failure. Instead wallowing in his past failure, it gave him the drive and the hunger to push forward and conquer new frontiers in the animation film industry. It armed him with enough grit and determination which proved crucial during the more difficult times that he will be facing in the intervening years of his career as a business man.[i]
Persistence in adversity develops character and during extremely difficult times resilience in the face of overwhelming adversity reveals a person’s true character.
Adversity forces us to adapt to the situation and by pushing ourselves to do what is humanly possible we can overcome and rise above ourselves to become something greater than we previously thought we could be.
Charles De Gaulle once said: “A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities”. In the test of endurance, standing up and trudging on the path of difficulty can bring great rewards in the end. The point is, we need to keep going because as one anonymous quote has beautifully said, “difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”.
Each time we overcome adversity, it makes us stronger and better individuals. It prepares us for greater challenges ahead of us and gives us the courage and the determination to face it all.
In conclusion, adversity makes ordinary men into extra ordinary heroes. This I believe wholeheartedly.