Grind or Shine
Adversity is the grindstone of life. Intended to polish you up, adversity also has the ability to grind you down. The impact and ultimate result depend on what you do with the difficulties that come your way. Consider the phenomenal achievements of people experiencing adversity.
Beethoven composed his greatest works after becoming deaf. Sir Walter Raleigh wrote the History of the World during a thirteen year imprisonment. If Columbus had turned back, no one could have blamed him, considering the constant adversity he endured. Of course, no one would have remembered him either. Abraham Lincoln achieved greatness by his display of wisdom and character during the devastation of the Civil War. Luther translated the Bible while enduring confinement in the Castle of Wartburg. Under a sentence of death and during twenty years in exile, Dante wrote the Divine Comedy. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim's Progress in a Bedford jail.
Finally, consider a more recent example. Mary Groda-Lewis endured sixteen years of illiteracy because of unrecognized dyslexia, was committed to a reformatory on two different occasions, and almost died of a stroke while bearing a child. Committed to going to college, she worked at a variety of odd jobs to save money, graduated with her high school equivalency at eighteen, was named Oregon's outstanding Upward Bound student, and finally entered college. Determined to become a doctor, she faced fifteen medical school rejections until Albany Medical College finally accepted her. In 1984, Dr. Mary Groda-Lewis, at thirty-five, graduated with honors to fulfill her dream.
Adversity - the grindstone of life. Will it grind you down or polish you up?
A Practical Guide To Life
There is reason and purpose and harmony in the Universe. We are a part of all that, and a great amount of our work in this life is to learn that lesson.
We define life in terms of our body. You may like or hate your body, but it is the mechanism that defines what we call life. Most of us start out believing that we are our body, and it takes considerable effort on our part to overcome the complications of that misunderstanding.
We are here to learn lessons. That is what life is about. Each day we will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or you may think them stupid or irrelevant.
There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error experimentation. The experiences that we label failures are as valuable a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately work.
A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have completely learned a lesson, you will then go on to the next one.
Learning lessons does not end. This is what life is about; as long as there is life, there are lessons.
What you make of this life is up to you. You already have everything you will ever need to learn your lessons. There is nothing you have to do first.
Every thing you experience in life is neutral. The only value of anything outside yourself is determined by the way you experience it.
When you have learned that lesson, it will be a powerful tool you can use to set up more lessons.
The Universe will bring you everything you need to learn your lessons. The value of your experiences is determined by you. The Universe will never bring you more than you can handle.
What you do with those resources is up to you. Whether your choice is to learn or to fail, the Universe will support your choice, and bring whatever you need to manifest it.
Whatever you choose, EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY!!! From time to time, you will forget this.
Inspirational Messages (Quotes)
Don’t ever let your problems become an excuse
Don’t find a fault; find a remedy
Don’t mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it. If it is unfair, keep from irritation. It if is ignorant, smile. If it is justified, learn from it
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
General Colin Powell
Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.
He who has great power should use it lightly.
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
I am reminded how hollow the label of leadership sometimes is and how heroic followership can be.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
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