Adversity, the Opportunity for Consistency
Thursday, April 26, 2018
It seems as if there are times when everything goes haywire. Some call it Murphy's law while others are determined that it is fate dealt to them on a regular basis. In reality, everyone gets a fair share of rain and sunshine. However, we tend to notice when the discomfort of rain makes for a more challenging day. I have watched and noticed that there is a truth manifested in the many religions of the world: "the law of sewing and reaping;" "karma;" or "ying-yang" that shows there is a beautiful balance in life. To recognize that balance allows one to be at peace through the difficulties of everyday life and to encounter hurdles with a sense of purpose.
Making lemonade from lemons is a well-worn cliche but is, none-the-less, a good way of evaluate the options for achieving one's goals. One of my favorite sayings is taken from the words of Rev. Robert Schuler who wrote, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." 1).Those words have carried me through many a challenge over the years. Today as I consider that I am involved in Lymphedemic treatment for fluid build-up in my legs, arthritis in both knees and feet, and COPD issues that all affect my attitude toward exercise, I will allow my attitude to rise to assure that I will remain active throughout my life. I don't have to meet the rigors of an Olympic athlete to remain active. Some modest investment given toward physical activity will doubtless be better than maintaining zero exercise and letting the adversity walls of life come crashing in around me. These little challenges can be the very things that can motivate me toward activity and help me to respond with hope to the possibilities of a purpose-filled life and greater spiritual health.
1) Schuller, Robert H. Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Do! Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005. Print.