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HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO ADVERSITY?

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -Martin Luther King Jr.


Each of us faces adversity at different times in our lives. When faced with adversity, it seems terrible, but it can promote growth. Adversity often produces anxiety and stress, but we can make great strides in personal development if handled correctly.


What is adversity? Adversity is difficulty or misfortune. When things seem against you – circumstances or a stroke of bad luck.


What are you facing? Money problems. Relationship problems. Problems at work. Or something else? All these issues are overwhelming and can become a focus of our minds and disrupt our entire way of life.


Today, we are going to examine six types of adversity.


· Physical Adversity. Physical disability is an example of physical adversity. I have Type 1 Diabetes and face many challenges. An instance of adversity in this area is I recently got an insulin pump, which is supposed to make life easier. Anxiety takes over when I question whether I have enough insulin in the pump to make it through the day. If I need to change my site, I worry about finding a private place to change my site. And many more things.


· Mental Adversity. A mental problem, or mental illness, may limit someone. Those who have read my posts know that I have Bipolar, which does cause adversity. The issues I have faced have taught me the coping skills to live successfully with this illness.


· Emotional Adversity. Many things fit into this category: Divorce, grief, a break-up, medical issues, and more. In this place, one might experience depression or anxiety.


· Social Adversity. An umbrella term that refers to issues such as violent crime, segregation, exposure to delinquent peers, poverty, and poor parenting


· Spiritual Adversity. GOD’S WAY OF GETTING OUR ATTENTION. Adversity includes trouble, opposition, pressure, chastening, illness, anguish, testing, or tribulation. It is greater (or may seem greater) than our ability to resolve. It sometimes comes in multiples: several trials at once.


· Financial Adversity. In today’s high inflation and fluctuation in the stock market, I don’t think I need to add to this one!!!


How do you recover from adversity?

· Create the time, space, and place for allowing you to recover.

· Rest.

· Breathe.

· Reflect.

· Forgive.

· Acknowledge what you are feeling; avoid denial.

· Focus on the positives.

· Be introspective about what could have been different, what you control, and what you can do to begin to recover.


I thought it would be beneficial to look at a person who persevered through adversity and made a substantial contribution to the people of the United States.


Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in ending racial segregation in the United States.


King faced immense adversity, imprisonment, threats, and intense scrutiny from government agencies. Despite these challenges, he remained steadfast in his commitment to nonviolent protest and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the teachings of figures like Mahatma Gandhi.


King is perhaps best known for his leadership role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. His efforts contributed significantly to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


Tragically, King's life was cut short when he was assassinated in 1968, but his legacy has had a lasting impact on the fight for civil rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. His ability to face adversity with dignity, courage, and unwavering faith has made him a symbol of moral leadership and resilience.


Martin Luther King, Jr. successfully overcame adversity and changed our country.


You can do it!!! I shared in a past blog the importance of journaling. Amid adversity, journaling is essential. It helps to clear your mind and gives ideas for solutions.


Go out this week, face your trouble, and come out of whatever situation victorious.


Have a great week!


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