Life is full of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and often huge, unexpected twists. One thing is certain; at some point in our lives we’re going to encounter adversity. The desire to fast-forward through times of hardship is completely natural. However, dealing with adversity can be a positive experience that leads to enormous personal growth.
The number one rule you should remember when difficulty lands on your front doorstep is that you are not alone. Every person on the planet has to face dealing with adversity at some point or other. How you view the problem will surely affect the final outcome. Your immediate thoughts might be of fear and defeat, but close the door on those ideas. You’ll increase your chances of overcoming adversity if you remain optimistic and keep a calm, level head.
I’ve heard it said that it’s not what happens to us but how we respond to what happens that makes all the difference. Never forget that you are in control of how you respond to people, circumstances, and events. Rather than reacting, strive to stop, think, respond.
As you gain experience in dealing with adversity, you will find new and better pathways that can lead to revelations and breakthroughs that you never expected. Difficult times can bring knowledge about our inner strength and fortitude, and can develop in us a deeper sense of compassion, patience, resolve, and myriad other traits. And even though you might not succeed in completely overcoming the hardship, it doesn’t have to be a roadblock. What seems like a dead-end might—upon reflection—turn out to be the perfect start toward bigger and better goals. It’s all in how you choose to look at it.
When dealing with adversity, are you usually able to overcome fear with fortitude? If so, is it an instinctive process or something you much consciously apply?
The protagonist in MOUNTAIN LAUREL is a woman who is forced into dealing with adversity. Laurel acts out of fear and impulse, but she does so boldly and with great determination. After seeing her younger sister heading in a dangerous direction, Laurel decides to take matters into her own hands. Can you say kidnap? Yes, she whisks her sister away from corrupting influences, and while in the glorious mountain retreat, she meets an amazing man who offers her his help with her angry, resentful teen-aged sibling. Before the story ends, Laurel discovers the profound bonds of sisterhood, realizes the depth of her own fearless resolve, and finds the absolute love of her life. I hope you’ll take a look at MOUNTAIN LAUREL, available in these retail outlets:
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