The strongest people in life are the ones who have endured the most.
Whether by choice or through life circumstance, strength comes as a result of confronting and overcoming difficulties and challenges.
How does a person strengthen their body? By challenging it through exercise.
How does a person strengthen their mind? By challenging it through expansive thinking.
How does a person strengthen their spirit? By challenging it through inward reflection.
These aren’t the only methods, of course.
Life is full of challenging opportunities through which you can become a stronger person… But I’m sure you already knew that (we have all faced our fair share of challenges).
The difference then, between those who are strong and those who are not is how they choose to respond to challenge. Continue reading
A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.
Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”
“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” ~ Horace
“The surest way to reveal one’s character is not through adversity but by giving them power.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~ Ann Bradstreet
“Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” ~ John Wooden
“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” ~ Zig Ziglar
“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” ~ Author Unknown
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“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
“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” ~ William Ward
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” ~ Napoleon Hill
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” ~ Napoleon Hill