Courage in the Face of Adversity

One thing I can guarantee you, if you choose the solo life: You will face, at some point, a long dark night of the soul. There will be an ethical dilemma – a business decision you’re struggling with – a bank account that seems to hemorrhage money – a growing sense of crisis that you can’t do this …

In advance of that time, I’d like you to bookmark this post, and remember it when that night comes. Come back and read it then, or in the morning (because the process of getting through that night has its own value, too).

It’s not often I quote verbatim from anything – I think it’s cheating, in a way. Readers come to a blog not for other bloggers’ perspectives, but for that blogger’s ideas.  But this came in my email this morning and it was so touching, so significant that I felt it had to be shared in full. It comes from a daily email service called “Daily OM.”

The journey that each human being makes through earthly existence can have hardship as often as it is touched by joy. When we encounter adversity, the stress we feel can erode our optimism, eventually convincing us that the issues we face cannot be overcome. In truth, there is no situation so dire, no challenge so great, and no choice so bewildering that it cannot be overcome. Though we may believe that all avenues have been closed to us or that our most conscientious efforts will come to naught, we are never without feasible options. The best course of action may be veiled in doubt, but it is there. When we are honest with ourselves with regard to this simple fact, we can overcome anything because we will never stop looking for a solution to the challenges before us.

Self-trust coupled with a sturdy plan is the ultimate antidote to adversity’s tendency to inspire disillusionment in the human mind. As difficult as the obstacle plaguing you seems, it is no match for the love of a supportive universe that has been a part of your life since the day of your birth and will be with you forevermore. Try not to be misguided by your fear as this gives rise to the notion that there are problems without solutions. If you believe in your capabilities and dedicate yourself to the creation of some form of resolution, you will be surprised to discover that paths that were once closed to you miraculously open. Even if all you can do is change your perspective to turn an impediment into an opportunity to grow, you will have found the hope that is an inherent element of all hardship.

Remember that your destiny is a product of your own creation. Even when it seems you have nowhere left to turn, there is a solution waiting for you. The only insurmountable obstacles are the ones you create in your own mind—and these can only exert power over you if you let them. Uncertainty will always be a part of your existence, but perseverance and mindfulness will never fail to see you through to the other side of hardship where joy can thrive. Try and remember that no matter what life places at your feet, there is absolutely no situation that cannot be resolved with time, love, and friendship.

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