We've all been through it at one time or another and it's actually a part of being a human on this big blue ball we call home. Sometimes when trials and tribulations happen, they have the effect of teaching us valuable lessons we never would have learned otherwise. That old saying "what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" may or may not be true, but what is true is that we each have our own unique response to adversity.
I'm known here for my upbeat attitude when dealing with some of the toughest things that life has thrown at me. Part of the success in that is my ability to see the silver lining in every cloud. People have asked me where that comes from, and I think it has to do with my logical mind and the ability to see things from the perspective of how everything connects together.
Having an Elephants memory also helps, as it allows me to draw from a deep well of information that has helped me time and time again. No matter what horrible thing is happening right now, if I'm alive and breathing, that's a plus. After all, it could be worse, so it helps to be able to appreciate the "little victories" in life.
The good memory I have gives me the ability to look back and connect the things that have happened so that I can see how fortunate I really am. I tell my fellow Americans all the time, they should thank their lucky stars they were born here and not in some hut in the third world. We take clean water and reliable electric power for granted, but I've been in countries where the power goes out multiple times each and every day.
Never Give Up
A few weeks ago, I had almost no post ideas. Then I decided to stop trying so hard and just flow with the world around me. When I think, I like to take long walks in the park. Hearing the wind rustle through the trees and the birds singing, brings me to that place of inner calm and potent reflection. Fully recharged, now posts are flowing out of me one after the other, in fact, I have a number of them in various stages of development. Sometimes, that's all it takes.
Every day above ground is a good one. With life there is the chance for a better tomorrow. We live in a country where you can be born dirt-poor and through hard work and determination, build a fortune for you and your family. Almost everyone who ever "made it" failed miserably over, and over again until they found success. So if you're reading this post right now and wondering when you'll gain traction, keep plugging away and perfecting your craft, and next thing you know... :)