As I was thinking about Overcoming Adversity, I realized I really haven't. I am a very blessed person. So what I have written for the anthology is what I hope I will do in the face of adversity. What I think we all hope we'll do.
Adversity: A condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress.
There is much one can do in the face of adversity. After all, we usually don’t ask for it. We don’t want for the event to occur, for the road to get tougher.
We can go around, skirt the danger, the oppression, the struggle. We can pretend the adversity isn’t there. Ignore, put on blinders, and forge around the obstruction.
We can turn around. Retrace our steps. Try and get to a place where the adversity is not. Put as much distance between it and us as we can manage.
We can stop. Cry, shout, scream. Ask why me. Why you? Why should anyone have to face the adversity which is before us? Refuse to move. Forward, around, or back. Resign ourselves to being beaten because what we have to face isn’t fair.
Or we can overcome.
Adversity is there to show us who we are. Because our real selves are not found in times of peace and harmony. In times of ease and good fortune. We find ourselves when the road is rough and decide to travel it anyway. When we see someone else struggling with the rocky road and sharp edges and vow to help. Adversity is there to show us what we’re capable of, because without it, we would never know.
Overcome: To get the better of in a struggle or conflict. Defeat.
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