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Adversity 'Becomes' You: Spiritual Life Coaching Blog

03/24/2014 08:07 pm ET | Updated May 24, 2014
  • Patty Kogutek Author, 'A Change of Habit: A Spiritual Journey from Sister Mary Kateri to Sister Mary Vodka and G-vites ~ Everyday Invitations From God

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

Adversity works as a giant stepping-stone in your spiritual growth. You've heard the phrase about enduring hardship with its promise to make you a better person, if it doesn't kill you first. Most likely overcoming difficulties won't kill you, but undoubtedly it will wield its longs arms around you with it far reaching effects.

Adversity becomes you, making you who you are, adding to your desirable qualities, building character. You grow stronger, more reliable, consistently resilient, and creatively resourceful. Your ability to overcome obstacles defines who you are. When the chips are down, the true YOU emerges.

Adversity also becomes you, making you more becoming, more beautiful -- a better listener, an understanding friend, a loyal confidant, and a respected advisor. The warmth in your eyes of understanding is an attractive gift. Your air of understanding, compassion, and empathy are welcoming to many.

Bottom line is: Adversity works as a necessity in making you real... a real person and a treasured friend. A wonderful description of the importance of hardship is found in the children's book The Velveteen Rabbit when the rabbit asks, "What is real? The Skin Horse replies, "It's a thing that happens to you." "It doesn't happen all at once." "You become." "Generally, by the time that you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off and your eyes drop out and your get loose in the joints and very shabby." "But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Remember that some days you feel just like that, worn, tattered, and vulnerable without your fur coating, but it doesn't matter. You are REAL.

This week's challenge is to change your glasses. Turn those spectacles viewing life as a problem, into seeing that each situation is an opportunity. Celebrate the opportunities for joyous growth, until all your hair has been rubbed off!

This week's challenge is to change your glasses. Turn those spectacles viewing life as a problem into seeing that each situation is an opportunity. Celebrate the opportunities for joyous growth, until all your hair has been rubbed off!

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