Overcoming Adversity


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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

Adversity is our greatest teacher in life. Adversity can teach us many things that they don’t teach in school. In fact, I believe that the worse moments in our lives actually make us who we are. Everyone must face adversity at one time or another. We all go through painful experiences. The only difference is each one of us face adversity differently. We deal with the challenges differently. One person could get through the challenges while another may break.

As mentioned on a previous post of mine, by overcoming adversity you can build a lot of confidence in yourself. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Each setback is just a test of your will, and how you handle these tests proves how strong you are.

Keep in mind that no one can deal with adversity alone. No matter how strong you think you are, don’t do it alone. Your family and friends are there to help you, so let them. Having confidence in yourself also helps a lot. If you have faith that you can make everything work, then you have the challenge halfway won.

All the obstacles I have faced in my life have strengthened me. In order to move forward, you must be willing to change and adapt. Be resilient, you must make a conscious decision to not give up. By addressing each bout of adversity with the right attitude, you can persevere.

Life is a constant struggle, and in each struggle, there are life lessons to be learned. Be grateful for the good times and to persevere through the difficult times. Overcoming adversity is most likely the one major challenge that will be constant in our life. It is also one of the most difficult things to learn how to do.

Adversity is unavoidable. Every one of us has to face it. And each one of us deals with the challenges in our lives differently. Stay resilient and believe in yourself.


Anneros Valensi was born in Falkenau, Silesia, East Germany in 1938. She was just six years old when the war and its fallout struck her and her family. Valensi became a registered nurse and in 1961 she moved to London, England working for Standard Telephone & Cables as stewardess on the company plane. While living there, she was hired by Trans World Airlines to train as flight attendant and in 1966 she immigrated to America. She has two children and three grandchildren and currently lives in New York.

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