Challenges of Life

19 August, 2021

When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool. (Chinue Achebe)

Dr G. Campbell Morgan tells of a man whose shop burned to the ground in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Next morning he arrived at work carrying a table which he set up amid the charred ruins. On it he placed a sign that read, ‘Everything lost except wife, children, and hope. Business as usual tomorrow morning.’
A seedling tree has to fight its way up through rocks to get to sunlight and air, then wrestle with storms and frost to survive. You can be sure of one thing: its root system will be strong and its timber resilient. Nature itself teaches us that it’s impossible to succeed without going through adversity.

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. (James Allen)

In a sense, this life is a series of problem-solving exercises. We will never be without problems in this life. If you cannot learn to thrive in the midst of all the challenges in which you find yourself, you will never find contentment.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. (Abraham Lincoln)

You can do well only under either of two conditions: desperation or inspiration. Your setback is a setup. Eagles use storms to reach a higher altitude. You will never be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life. Show me someone who has done something worthwhile and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. Difficulties always present opportunities to learn and grow. Always treat and see difficulties as a growth opportunity. Facing adversity or difficulties is inevitable, learning from it is optional. Consistent victories over your problems are important steps on your stairway to success. Difficulties give birth to opportunity and every opportunity, every difficulty, has an opportunity.
Your mind is the sharpest when faced with hard times. Threat of death, failure, defeat makes strong people a lot more aware of their lives and brings out deep wisdom, direction or innovation. On the other hand such threats make weak people cave in and go under.

If there is a silver lining to bad times, it is this: when facing severe challenges your mind is normally at its sharpest. (John Osborn).


Author: Yomi is a wordsmith, passionate about books, reading, education, healing and health. She has appeared several times on television and radio; speaking about her passion. She has Master’s degree in Medical Immunology from the College of Medicine, University of London and worked at a postgraduate college of medicine in London for over a decade before pursuing her passion for writing. She is the author of four books.

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