Posts Tagged ‘adversity’

In the Difficult Are the Friendly Forces

July 29, 2011

Though adversity may scramble the puzzle pieces of your life, it arrives bearing a gift—a shift in consciousness that deepens your understanding and appreciation of Universal forces.

In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature’s way of forcing change—breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.
Susan L. Taylor

The value of adversity has long been the stuff of legend. In the Bhagavad Gita, Kunti, mother of heroic (more…)

The Barn Burned Down

November 21, 2010

In her book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Pema Chodron wrote:

I have a friend dying of AIDS. Before I was leaving for a trip, we were talking. He said, “I didn’t want this, and I hated this, and I was terrified of this. But it turns out that this illness has been my greatest gift.” He said, “Now every moment is so precious to me. All the people in my life are so precious to me. My whole life means so much to me.” Something had really changed, and he felt ready for his death. Something that was horrifying and scary had turned into a gift.

I have heard this story in so many different forms over and over again. Heidi von Beltz, a former championship (more…)

Faith Alone Defends

July 21, 2010

When you are firmly anchored in God, you know that whatever you must face, you will not be facing it alone.

Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God, no matter what the danger.

Ultimately, real security is trusting that you have the faith, strength, and courage to rise above any challenge.

Faith alone defends. Life is either a (more…)

Stay Strong, God Is Just a Thought Away

September 27, 2009

boy-bowing-down-in gods-handsIn your darkest hour, you may feel desolate and abandoned, but solitude is an illusion. God is just a thought away.

Indeed, the thought of God will lead you directly back to your own soul, that individualized spark of the divine within you.

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.

The moment you reach for God’s hand, you gain clarity and perspective. You begin feeling stronger, wiser, and less fearful.

Not asking for God’s help and guidance is like choosing to sail across the ocean on a rickety raft instead of a luxury yacht.

If you do not feel God’s hand in yours, (more…)

Patrick Henry Hughes: “I Am Potential!”

April 6, 2009

Patrick Henry Hughes was born without eyes and with a crippled body. Not only does he say he is not disabled, he plays piano beautifully and performs in the University of Louisville marching band. His book, I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams, was published in October 2008.


Here is a story form the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal about the Hughes family receiving a new home courtesy of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They certainly are deserving. I never cease to be amazed to read about the phenomenal (more…)

Something Amazing Happened to Jim MacLaren

March 11, 2009

Jim MacLaren

I was honored to interview Jim MacLaren for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Jim has inspired countless people with his upbeat attitude in the face of unimaginable adversity. Here is an excerpt from Jim’s profoundly moving story:

I was having an early-morning cup of coffee on Saturday, June 5, 1993, the day before a major triathlon in Mission Viejo, California. I was sitting on my girlfriend’s porch in Boulder, Colorado, reflecting on a pretty heady book I was reading, The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky. Although I was up on a porch, covered by trees, I could hear families walking to breakfast with their children on the street below. It was such a beautiful, pristine summer day. I was gazing at the trees and the huge rock faces in the distance and looking back over the eight years since I had lost my leg. I remember thinking, Wow, I’ve really reinvented myself. I’m a professional triathlete. ESPN is following me in the race tomorrow, and I’m traveling around the world racing and doing motivational talks. And it hit me. I thought, Wow, I’m back in it. I’m back in life.

Out of nowhere, I started crying. My girlfriend and training partner came out on the porch with a cup of coffee, saw me crying, and asked, “What’s the matter?” I smiled through tears and said, “Nothing is the matter. I’m crying because I’m happy. Something amazing is about to happen to me. I can just feel it.”

Fast forward eighteen hours later. (more…)

Protect Your Children . . . But Not Too Much

March 9, 2009

flying-angel-rescuing-childWe pray for our children and loved ones to live easy, uncomplicated, happy lives. We may be doing them a disservice.

We serve our children better by praying that the hardships they do endure make them stronger, wiser, and better equipped to share their unique gifts with the world.

Just as the universe treats all of God’s children with loving detachment, so must we guide and support our children while recognizing that “rescuing” them from difficulties can thwart the maturation process and prevent them from learning vital life lessons.

Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Indeed, we may inadvertently be creating an endless loop of dependence and entitlement that (more…)

Tender Thoughts for Tough Times

January 27, 2009

two-women-joy-and-sorrowWhen life seems as arbitrary as a coin flip, remember that even if you cannot make heads or tails out of what is in front of you, your job is to search for the golden nugget of divine wisdom that always lies just beneath the details.

How we feel about a challenge depends completely on how we choose to look at it. We can call upon the best in us, or let it get the best of us.

Motivational pioneer Dale Carnegie observed that when we have identified and accepted the worst that can happen in a given situation, we have nothing more to lose, which automatically means that we have everything to gain.

It is always in our power to reframe a hardship so that we instantly transition from fearing the worst to expecting the best. (more…)

God’s Fingerprints

October 24, 2008

When you’re going through a rough patch, it’s easy to feel alone, abandoned, and scared of what lies ahead. And yet, if you believe that you are one with God, that you co-create whatever comes into your life, and that everything happens for a reason, then it follows that hardships are nothing more than course corrections on your spiritual path. It may take some time and distance, but if you look closely enough you will see God’s fingerprints everywhere.

Granted, this may be difficult to do in the midst of an emotional maelstrom. Still, the instant you (more…)

Take Heart, Some New Delight Awaits You

October 22, 2008

At thirty-four, I was unemployed with a family to support. I didn’t have highly marketable skills and was getting more desperate by the day. Then I aced an interview for a copywriting job at a hearing aid company. A few days later, I called the company expecting to hear good news, only to discover that the woman who had interviewed me, and who I had clicked instantly with, was no longer with the company and that the job had gone to somebody else. I was crestfallen . . . and scared. There was no clear path in front of me and I had no clue what to do next.

Looking back, not getting that copywriting job was the best thing that could have happened. Had  (more…)