Adversity and success

by Daniel · 1 comment

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'”Sydney J. Harris

Without recovery the “what” is a terrible alternative!  What exactly is the what? Homeless, prisoner of the department of corrections, failure, or possibly death.  Each of us has our personal stories of where we were heading.  One thing became clear to me in my mid-twenties, it was not going to be death.  I was sentenced to a life of despair.  My greatest fear was to walk around alone, unproductive heading towards a wet brain!  I remembered the trips to the State hospitals and the VA hospital.  I remembered seeing these men talking to themselves.  I remember my uncle telling me that they drank too much torpedo juice!

Today, life has it’s challenges.  Most of them have been caused by my actions.  But life is not hard, it is good, it is fun, it is enjoyable, it is love!  I love life today.  Do I have some regrets?  Well if I would have done some things differently I believe I would have, but regrets, no.  All of my decisions have shaped me today.  I have learned to deal with adversity and success.  Life is good!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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Mark Lewis June 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Adversity is the spice of life! You have a great perspective on life.

It’s interesting how you noted that you created many of the challenges that have come your way. Often we do, and sometimes life just hands us a lemon. But both should be tackled with a love for life.

Very few things aggravate me, but the one thing that gets me every time is when somebody blames the world for their own actions. If they took accountability for their actions they might just break their vicious cycle and move forward in their life.

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