Take Advantage of Every Adversity

August 24, 2016

Adversity is cruel (or so it appears), unpleasant and doesn’t make us feel good in the least. It seems that this is all there is to adversity. But in reality, there is much more to it than meets the eye.

We all have to face some kind of adversity in our lives. In fact, maybe you already had to not too long ago, or maybe you will have to face some in the near future. Some people can’t stand adversities. But others, however, are so accustomed to them that they seem to form a part of their daily lives.

“There is no less fortunate man than he who is forgotten by adversity. Because he doesn’t have the chance to test himself.” 
-Séneca-

Don’t let adversity beat you

There’s something very important you should keep in mind: adversity can take its toll on you emotionally if you let it beat you. We have no control over many of the things that happen to us. It depends on how we face them whether they provide us with good things or harm our mental well-being.

lady and butterflies

But the truth is that you can learn a lot from the adversities that life presents you with. You only have to put in the effort to realize that behind every adversity there can be a big opportunity to learn. It’s not a good idea to hide from adversities or to run from them. But, how can you take advantage of everything they have to offer?

“Prosperity doesn’t exist without fears or disappointment, nor does adversity without comfort and hope.” 
-Francis Bacon-

Develop a deep understanding of the workings of the world and your role in it

Every time adversity appears in your life, you can create the habit of asking yourself questions about the different points of view of one single fact. Every adversity will teach you a unique and different lesson. Something that will supply you with abilities and enable you to change your lifestyle.

It’s important that you use adversity as an opportunity to develop yourself even more (it can be a strength, an ability or a new way of seeing the world).

“Most people waste more time and energy avoiding problems than trying to solve them.” 
-Henry Ford-

There’s always a calm after the storm

After having lived through an episode of adversity, when the emotional waters have calmed down again, you will realize how your principles and moral values have been strengthened. You’ll start to develop a group of beliefs and ideas about what is right and what isn’t.

Adversities can appear in your life in many different ways, but they all have the same function: to make you see that you need to slow down the speed and rhythm of your life. You need to focus on the priorities to heal what is making you upset and regain your emotional balance.

Adversity will help you understand your surroundings and find your true path in life. Obstacles can help us take make changes and confront the challenges that may come with it.

woman letting bird free

You’ll be able to understand your own courage, and the courage of others

During moments of adversity, friends who truly love you and family members who are really important in your life will remain by your side. Nevertheless, you are the one who will ultimately make the decisions. You are the one who makes things happen.

Thus, when you’re faced with adversity, you must have the courage to keep moving forward, even when you have to deal with all of it alone. Your courage will make you stronger over time, and you’ll be able to learn thanks to the circumstances happening in your life.

Sometimes, adversity can make you go out and seek other people’s help. At the same time it will make you feel grateful, because thanks to helping hands, and your own character and attitude, you’ll realize that you can overcome any challenge that may cross your path.
Don’t run away from adversity, you must face it to be able to enjoy the impact it will have over you, get out of your comfort zone and improve your lifestyle. But, do you know the only way to enjoy the advantages of adversities? Having a happy heart.
If you’re happy, you’ll be able to change the world. You’ll have a new perspective on things and will be able to enjoy all of the good in the obstacles that cross your path in life. You’ll notice that even though adversity can make your life a little more complicated, if you deal with it from a place of joy, you’ll be able to take advantage of it to the fullest.