Og Mandino tells us to “Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.” Far too often in life, we are way to quick to start feeling sorry for ourselves or thinking that it’s just not fair that things can sometimes be so hard for us to get what we truly need, want and desire.
The actual truth of the situation is, in fact, completely the polar opposite of what we so often “feel” to be true. It is ONLY by way of working ourselves through our adversities, that we come to a point in our lives and careers where we become far stronger, wiser, more competent, confident and consistently successful at whatever it is that we set our sights on.
Every single obstacle we encounter, that we are willing to face head on, without giving up or slinking away, is a uniquely wonderful opportunity to increase our belief in our own ability to find or create effective solutions to problems that we never even knew we were capable of solving.
We all know exercise is good for us. More than good for us, exercise is in fact, absolutely vital if we are to maintain optimum health and ability, physically as well as mentally. Really, exercise is simply exerting our will against and over various forms of physical adversity. The adversity may come to us in the form of gravity, a prescribed athletic regimen or even an opponent in a competitive activity.
We actually NEED adversity in our lives, or we would never have the necessary opportunities to build up our strength, confidence, stamina, belief and endurance to continue moving forward, mo matter how tough the going might get.
Adversity is full of precious seeds, that when carefully planted, nurtured and then harvested, they provide a vast bevy of truly wonderful blessings and gifts to us in amazing abundance. We are much like the squishy, ugly caterpillar, who needs to spend time is a preparatory cocoon phase, that only through the rigorous effort exerted over an extended period of time, turns the once lowly caterpillar into the majestic butterfly, flying high and effortlessly above the rest of the world.
If someone feels sorry for the caterpillar and tries to assist it in the adversarial process of working it’s own way out of the cocoon, they declare a death sentence of the poor caterpillar, for only through it’s physical toil and effort, does it develop the strength and health that is needed to fly freely as a butterfly.
Adversity is NOT our enemy, as so many falsely believe … it is in fact, our friend and greatest benefactor in our pursuit of success and happiness!