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Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

Huxley, Aldous, 1954, pd

— Aldous Huxley(1954, Public Domain)

…There are two components to this: putting yourself in the arena with the understanding that this is where you will be constantly tested; and developing the mettle that only comes with facing your experiences head on. Prepare to do battle each day, welcome each experience, and handle each with skill and precision. Gauge your results and prepare for tomorrow. In this way, your personal and spiritual growth is assured.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

Lewis, CS, by Arthur Strong, 1947_Free Use

—C.S. Lewis (by Arthur Strong, 1947; Free Use)

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Embrace Adversity

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

Horace

Horace (public domain)

…We control our world by the way we perceive it.

While we cannot orchestrate external circumstances, we have full power over the way we perceive those circumstances, thus controlling the way they affect our lives. Most of us cringe, get angry, or even fall into a depression when adversity comes our way. However, once we realize that life is a proving ground Divinely designed to help us grow toward our Creator, we begin to see each individual challenge for what it really is: simply another opportunity for spiritual advancement.

Remember, God doesn’t throw anything at us we cannot handle. And the more we put ourselves out there in the arena, the bigger target we become for adversity. That is the way it is supposed to be! Don’t try to hide in the stands, it is a miserable existence; enter through the Gate of Life, and then embrace and fully live the experience!

MSH

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Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

Shakespeare

—William Shakespeare

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Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.

Aristotle

—Aristotle

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Using Adversity to Grow

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.

Wordsworth, William

—William Wordsworth

…It is never enjoyable to face adversity—those unexpected bombs thrown into our lives, or the chronic, dull ache of sadness and melancholy. We see pictures of others who seemingly have it all—wealth, fame, success—while we trudge forward, inch by inch and day by day. I think of Abraham Lincoln, a good man who moved from failure to failure in life, all while battling some pretty serious mental demons. What, ultimately, made Lincoln so great? The wisdom he gained from his many low points in life, and his ability to act upon what he had learned. When we are down and out, we tend to contemplate, and that is typically when we find wisdom. In our successes, we tend to celebrate. To be sure, most of us would rather spend our life surrounded by success and happiness; but, more often than not, our somber times allow us to cultivate the rich soil needed for our future growth.

MSH

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Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.

Watson, Thomas J Think-1935

—Thomas J. Watson, IBM Chairman/CEO, 1914-1956

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