29 October 2012
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” (Thomas Paine). People will face various trials and complications. The harder something is to accomplish, the better people will feel when it is conquered. If never challenged to do better or succeed at something, people will be tempted to give up at the first sign of resistance. Conflicts occur academically, socially, and spiritually. No matter how hard situations get, people need to learn from those experiences and thrive.
Students are challenged to learn increasingly difficult material. Some choose to go the easy route, and do just enough to get a passing grade. Other students work hard to go above and beyond, and it shows on their report cards. When presented with a problem or course that is difficult, students learn to reach out for help. They learn to persevere and succeed. It creates an understanding that people can reach above their perceived limitations and accomplish more than they think possible. That is a great life lesson that can apply to students’ futures.
People can be really shy in social situations and may find it difficult to reach beyond their comfort zones. It may be hard for people to do something as simple as speaking in front of large groups, or walking in a crowd. It may be essential for them to start small and build up the courage to confront their fears. Giving oral presentations in front of a small group, for instance, or walking through a crowd with someone they trust may help them gain experience, and eventually thrive in those social situations. More personally, conflicts can grow within smaller social groups or families. You might argue with a friend, or deal with a difficult family situation. These situations may be more difficult because it affects you on a personal level, even experiencing heartbreak. However, in the end, relationships grow and people become stronger than before.
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