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Adversity Gives Us Choices!

It’s Our Monday!

I am starting with a look back at the snow because I am hopeful that is all behind us. Right?

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Today’s blog is on the affects of adversity. People respond differently. Much like the viewpoint/attitude referenced in an exchange between the characters “Mike” and “Toby” on the show that used to be on NBC, “The Office“:

“Why are you the way that you are? Honestly, every time I try to do something fun or exciting, you make it…not…that way. I….HATE…. so much about the things that you choose to be.” Michael Scott

There are some people who are just ambivalent about life, or they just aren’t fun at all. No positivity! In my practice, I have seen clients in the most adverse circumstances, rise to levels of accomplishment and achievement when they had every excuse to feel differently. They refuse to allow adversity to get them down.

It reminds me of a quote from the 1949 British film, The Third Man. Harry Lime, who was played by the great actor Orson Welles, says:

Don’t be so gloomy. After all, it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, ‘they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? – The cuckoo clock!’”

I like this quote on adversity from Japanese writer Haruk Murakamii, “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.

Much like the famous quote from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger“.

No matter what we face today… I know it’s going to be a great Monday!

 

And finally for our pic o’ day, can’t you relate to this?

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