Over-coming adversity. I’m not talking about the BIG things, I’m
talking about the things we’re used to having.
The customary, taken for granted things, like HEAT in the winter when the temp outside is 20 degrees and going down to -5.
So what do you do when you let the dogs out, and see that the
outside unit has just as much ice as the North Pole?
you sigh.. Because you know what you have to do.
You pull out the heavy-duty extension cord, the hair dryer, a couple heavy curtains and find a few bricks.
Put on your coat, gloves, and boots step carefully thru the ice and
water and proceed to wrap the unit, wedge the hair dryer between the bricks so it doesn’t vibrate off
into the ice and water on the ground and turn it on.
Then, if it wasn’t cold enough outside, you come back inside and turn the AC on, all the way down to 5o degrees, block the vents and WAIT.
Now, I’m not an electrician, but this I know. Turning the AC all the way down turns on the auto defrost cycle.
Wrapping the outside keeps the heat from the unit turned inwards vs trying to heat the outside. And the hairdryer? That helps too, by blowing heat down into it from the top.
And then you WAIT and WAIT and WAIT…. and warm your hands by holding a hot cup of coffee! yay!
But seriously folks, problems, large and small, present themselves to us throughout our whole life. Regardless of how sharp, clever, or happy-go-lucky we are or try to be, we will encounter struggle,
challenges, difficulties and at times, heart wrenching moments.
Every challenge and every difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, confidence and ability to conquer
So what tips can I impart? (First, thaw out the unit and stay warm)
Be aware of, and accept that adversity is inevitable in life.
Build up your internal and external resources.
Internally by preparing yourself mentally for confronting adversity head-on and
Externally by enlisting Family and Friends, we all need encouragement and support
Take inspiration and learn from others who have dealt with adversity successfully.
Who was it that said “That which does not kill you doesn’t always make you stronger”?
I believe it was Friedrich Nietzsche, but you can look that up.
Napoleon Hill said it best….
“”Every adversity, every failure every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.””
So, just keep in mind, while you’re in the midst of struggles or
The difficult times in life help us appreciate when things are going smoothly.
Look for the learning opportunities in every adverse situation.
Decide whether you will allow your experience to make, or break you. Depending upon how you choose to perceive it, it could go either way.
Be prepared to accept the worst, should it occur. When you have
prepared yourself mentally for the worst, it rarely ever happens, and if it does, it seems less so because you are better equipped to handle it.
Cultivate faith, courage and resilience. The more of these qualities you arm yourself with, the lesser the impact of the adversity.
Remind yourself that adversity is part of life. Much as you don’t want to hear it, accept adversity, helps you overcome it.
Overcoming adversity is one of our main challenges in life. When we resolve to confront and overcome it, we become expert at dealing with it and consequently triumph over our day-to-day struggles.
So, I’ll wrap up by saying, if you haven’t read this book,
The Angel Inside, I would encourage you to do so, and have a
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