Success-seekers, look back on adversity fondly…

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
Horace (Roman poet during the reign of Augustus)

Often after facing adverse circumstances we naturally prefer to send them to the remotest corner of our memory and look on to brighter topics.

As we face our current goals, we sometimes may believe that we are missing much-needed strengths, or greater strengths, to reach our destinations faster and with more ease.

What if this is just an assumption that we have made because we haven’t taken a very close look at the strengths that were present and got us through our toughest times?  Some of the times can go quite far back, into our youth even.  Unprepared with adult skills and abilities, youths have no choice but to manifest some real strength of character during tough times.  All that strength is still lying dormant within.  It simply needs to be reclaimed.

Take some time to consider your weak spot, or weak spots one at a time, and think back throughout your life to difficult times when you have proved that you have whatever skill or strength is necessary to overcome your current challenge or challenges.  Parents and siblings can help you uncover blind-spots with this exercise so be sure to include them as well.  See what memories they have of you that impressed them.  No doubt they will have many…

If you feel you could benefit from extra help with uncovering forgotten strengths, I am always available and happy to assist you as well.

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.

Pema Chodron

Keep well,


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