Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. Every time one faces a challenge he brings forth skills he wasn’t aware that he had. As humans, we naturally eventually overcome the obstacles that we face. There are certain obstacles in which we can’t avoid so we are forced to elicit talents.
This quote applies to the times we are having now. In prosperous times we may have had no reason to go to a garage sale and buy basic items we need because our parents made a good salary had a job, etc. Now, however, I find people unemployed and have a limited income from unemployment. Our situation now demands that one finds alternative ways to supply oneself with the necessary things, food, etc, by different means and methods, something one never contemplated doing before because ones circumstances were different. When needed or called upon, the solution to a situation will be revealed in time and in a way not used before. My father knew a man who had been a steel worker for over 20 years. He was laid off and for months thought that his life was essentially over until he decided to “get going”. He retrained to be a massage therapist and is now living in the Caribbean with a very successful business. He shared that he had been the stereotypical macho steel worker and that if anyone had told him he would become a massage therapist, he would have told them they were crazy. He loves the weather, the freedom, and the interesting people he is meeting. He said his lay-off was the best thing that had ever happened to him. This is one of thousands of stories of people who have reinvented themselves as a result of what seemed like a tragedy at the time. Louis Zamperini also known as Lucky Louie was bad news. He was angry and rebellious. He had a taste for alcohol and a like for fighting. The police always seemed to be chasing him for something. Zamperini was often in trouble with the authorities, until a police officer...
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