Do you know the taste of adversity?
Adversity can taste sweet and it can taste sour. What do you think?
Let’s look at it together.
Have you ever had moments of adversity in your life; when everything seemed to go wrong for you? When you tried your hand at many things and failed in all or almost all; when you thought the world was against you? When you thought your world would crumble. Such moments exist; but be careful! Don’t let them crush you.
You definitely have had periods in your life when you hit your head or toes on rocks; when you had a down-pour of troubles on your head.
Such are the moments that make us value our blessings more. Hear what Anne Bradstreet says: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
Adversity can be the greatest blessing you ever had.
It has a bitter taste for sure; but it can end up tasting sweet.
It depends entirely on how you face it. The way you face it will determine whether it will bring good or evil into your life.
Adversity can either be a source of sorrow or a source of joy for you and others.
You do not have to become worried or bitter about adversity; neither should you panic or allow yourself to be crushed by it. You must not become a cry-baby because of adversity. You have to be strong. Only weak-minded people allow themselves to be crushed. Only weak-minded people make themselves cry-babies during moments of adversity. You have to stand firm. Look at this poem:
The strong hold fast;
The wise stand firm
When the going is tough;
When the sea is rough;
When the storms and hard knocks of life
Come hitting hard on you,
No storm lasts forever;
When the times are rough
And the tides are high;
The wise hold fast;
And the strong stand firm;
As they wait for better days to come.
Norman Vincent Peale says, “All storms pass away, but more important, you are strong enough to live with them while they last.”
Be strong, therefore, and stand firm, dear friend. The storms and hard knocks of life will always try to knock you down.
Do not panic.
Do not be cowed out.
With time, they will pass away; and if you stand firm enough, they will leave you stronger than they found you.
“Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm” (Charles Caleb Colton).
If you are weak during moments of adversity, adversity will uproot you. It will sweep you off your feet and tow you away.
An unknown writer once said “behind every successful man, there are usually a lot of unsuccessful years. To get to the Promised Land, get ready to pass through the wilderness.”
Be strong; stand firm.
Adversity has a bitter-sweet taste.
Face it with courage and enjoy its sweet taste.
What do you say?