Wisdom Is Molded By Adversity
Has adversity been your teacher or your master?This might possibly be one of the most important questions in life. Overcoming adversity, beating the odds, requires a very specific mindset. In this coaching sessions, we examine adversity and beating the odds, and the role that plays in molding wisdom.
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Wisdom Is Molded By Adversity (Summary Notes)
“It matters not how strait the gate,
how charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
That poem was written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley. When adversity is pounding, when adversity is seems impossible to overcome, read that poem. It’s all about overcoming adversity and beating the odds with honor and dignity.
Which brings us to a scene from the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back. A scene that explore the internal side of overcoming adversity. Because ultimately, overcoming adversity is an internal battle.
Luke Skywalker is standing before the entrance to a cave, nervous and curious. “What’s in there?”, he asks Yoda. “Only what you take with you”, Yoda replies with his rich, deep voice. The cave offers us three lessons on overcoming adversity and beating the odds.
#1- We’re Powerless. Destiny calls, fate calls, life moves on, and we’re powerless over that truth.
#2- We’re Powerful. We can make choices. We can choose to overcome adversity and beat the odds.
#3- There’s No Place To Hide. We spend lots of money and time numbing ourselves, trying to hide, trying to regain some sense of control. It’s all an illusion. Overcoming adversity and beating the odds requires dealing with that truth.
“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” Albert Einstein.
Will Adversity Be Your Master Or Your Teacher?
This might possibly be one of the most important questions in life. Overcoming adversity, beating the odds, requires a very specific mindset. If you go through life looking at adversity as a teacher, looking at the tough times as a teacher, then you’ll calm down. Why? You’ll get the purpose overcoming adversity serves.
Wisdom is knowing what is right and what is true. Overcoming adversity, beating the odds, requires a sobriety of perspective. A mindset that asks, what is adversity trying to teach me right now? Wisdom also requires paying attention. How else will you find the lessons that life is trying to teach?
Overcoming adversity, beating the odds, requires asking the right questions. Overcoming adversity, beating the odds, requires paying attention. If you do that, if you use your struggles as a teacher, you will transform your pain into purpose. No matter what. No matter how great the trauma. Overcoming adversity, beating the odds, will transform pain into purpose. It’s the common thread of all great souls who have suffered.
How To Find Peace & Meaning From Adversity
When your pain and suffering serves a purpose, the by-product is peace in meaning. When your pain and suffering gives you license to act out, the by-product is a broken life that never heals. Overcoming adversity is about many things.
What has life been trying to teach you? Put another way, don’t be afraid to go in the cave. Overcoming adversity requires all the things we have discussed today. Overcoming adversity, beating the odds, does not happen randomly. You overcome struggles, you beat the odds, when you choose a path that allows for that by-product.
We’re all broken, we’re all wounded, we’re all imperfect. We don’t like to admit it, especially Western culture, but it’s true. Which is why learning to treat adversity as a teacher is so incredibly important. We don’t have to be afraid to go in the cave.
Make a choice right now to take ownership of the process. To overcome adversity, to beat the odds, ask- what is life trying to teach me? What are the lessons? What purpose has adversity served? Where can I find peace and meaning?
Above all, proceed with gentle hands. You can’t beat yourself into submission, folks. You on a sacred path, that’s what life is. Honor that truth. To overcome adversity and beat the odds, is an honor. A sacred walk towards wisdom.
What have your struggles taught you? That’s it. That’s your homework. What has adversity taught you?