Thursday, July 2, 2009
What Can Adversity Do for Our Talents?
Photo by Peter Kaminski @ flickr
From Denny: This quote is especially poignant with the recent figures out on job loss in America. Adversity really can test us and make us or break us. Try watching some of NBC News segments called Making A Difference to see what other people are doing when they lose their jobs. Many people all across the globe as well as America are reassessing their passion in life and following it. They are also realistic enough to realize they may need a day job to pay the bills.
One example? A man who has the experience as a motivational speaker and loves to talk to teenagers goes around his area giving speeches for free after his company succumbed to the recession. What's his job now? He works at a far reduced pay as a janitor and is delighted to have the job yet still follows his passion.
Adversity has a way of strengthening us as we decide our priorities. The transition can be a bit difficult to adjust to yet over time we do adjust when we decide to put our focus upon it. In the end, we work our way through the rough patches (which can last months and even years) and find ourselves positioned well for sudden good opportunities staring us in the face at a later date.
Why? Because we worked through it - instead of sitting in a mud puddle whining about what we don't have any longer. We struck out on a fresh start and began building another dream! Most of us in America had pioneer ancestors who faced all kinds of adversity. Maybe today's America can take a lesson from them on tenacity.
"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." - Horace