Adversity is a thread of life

Uncategorized Jan 06, 2023

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “adversity” is defined as: “A state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.” It comes from Middle English adversite, meaning "opposition, hostility, misfortune, or hardship."

Examples of adversity

Adversity. It is one of the threads of life. We can’t avoid facing adversity on this earth. It’s unavoidable. What kind of adversities am I talking about? Well, for example:

  • Divorce
  • Death of a spouse
  • Death of a loved one
  • Moving
  • Financial setbacks like bankruptcy
  • Serious illness
  • Serious injury
  • Catastrophic accident
  • Loss of employment
  • Unfulfilled desires, longings, and dreams
    • Of a partner
    • Children
    • Fulfilling work
    • Further education
    • Estrangement of a loved one
    • Wanting to belong
    • Feeling a loss in life or having a void, like a spiritual void

I’m sure I’ve missed something; this is not an exhaustive list. But it gives you an idea of what I’m talking about when I say the word “adversity.”

Perhaps you see yourself in one or more of these examples. For you, they are not mere words on a page but are the real struggles you face daily. I understand. Because I’ve faced adversity, too: the terminal illness of a husband. Going through it was the toughest thing I ever had to face. But I did come out of it and I was changed, for the better.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing with you what I’ve learned through the adversities I and others have faced in the hope that it will help you, too.

In my next post, I’ll be discussing the effects of adversity.

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