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I just released another new wallpaper tonight called, "Adversity", which is my tenth new wallpaper for the year, and my 126th overall for the site.

Adversity comes to everyone's lives. It comes in all forms. And it comes whether one is ready for it or not. Adversity can make one a stronger, more beautiful person, or it can cause one to stumble, even to the point of depression. We've heard stories of people like Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, and Thomas Edison, who all have had many forms of adversity in their lives. They are great examples of overcoming trials and becoming beautiful people in the process.

How we handle tough times can show us who we really are. If you are strong enough to rise above the difficulty, and not react in a negative way, you will become a greater person. Tough times can allow us to learn a lot about ourselves.

If life were easy, we would probably take many things for granted, and never develop ourselves to become the best we can be. Relationships, health, careers, education, etc., all require time, commitment, and effort to develop. Along life's path, some roadblocks will always pop up to challenge us in acquiring such things. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. If something ever looked easy, I would look at it again and think, "Ok, where's the catch?" or "Is it really that great?"

Usually, most adversity is unexpected. We know hardships can come at any time, but we can never really anticipate the precise time of its arrival. The fact that adversity comes to us is not the most important thing to realize, though. It is how we respond that is the crucial factor here.

Different types of adversity requires different forms of responses. A death of a loved one will require a different form of response than, say, the loss of a job. I know I'm stating some obvious cases here. Sometimes all we can do is grieve for our loss and allow God (and time) to do the healing and be patient with it. In these cases, our faith can be made stronger. But other circumstances, like the loss of some possession or job, we need to handle it with more tenacity and focus. We can allow it to make us both wiser and use it to possibly find something even better than what we lost.

Losing makes the winning all the more enjoyable. Bad times makes the good times even more precious.

This topic is not comfortable to think about, much less talk about. But in tough times like these, knowing there is some reason for it all can help us rise above our adversity. Then, the opportunity to become stronger, wiser, or better will reveal itself.

Adversity will eventually come to everyone. How will you handle it?
- Original blog entry from 09.29.2012

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