Dealing With Adversity

Yesterday, I had lunch with a friend who is going through a rough time. After many years of loyal service, the company decided they no longer needed her talent and services. Knowing this person, it didn’t make any sense, but isn’t that true about a lot of things that happen to us in life. Eleven years ago, the same thing happened to me. Our company was bought by a public traded company and the following Monday, I was fired. After sixteen years of loyal service, it didn’t make any sense.

I believe that every experience we go through in life will either make us stronger or weaker. We have the option to decide whether it will build character and propel us forward or whether we will become negative and let it hold us back. We cannot change what happens to us in life, however, as Chuck Swindoll says,  “10 percent  of life is what happens to me and 90 percent is how I react to it.” What we can control is our attitude. All successful people have dealt with adversity and setbacks. In fact success only comes after numerous setbacks and failures. That is why it is so critical to maintain a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE.

All of our experiences can be used to share with someone else and help them get through the same ordeal. I believe that for every door that gets closed, God opens another door.  We can either live in fear or live in faith. Years ago, I learned and memorized a saying, “Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” I believe that’s so true but it’s hard to see sometimes when your going through the adversity. That’s another reason to have great friends and people around you that care about you, but they need to be positive people. The last thing anyone needs around them when times are tough is a negative person. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about some steps you can take to develop a positive mental attitude.

Be positive, reach out to someone, and have an awesome day.

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