Thursday, April 20, 2017

Adversity: Bad Luck or Flowering Gift?

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker
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Adversity can be of great value...if you choose to see it that way!

“There are two great days in a person’s life: the day
we are born and the day we discover why.”
William Barclay
(Scottish theologian and author 1907-78)

Trying to find the gift in the adversity can be like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Seeing the adversity AS the Gift takes away the guesswork. Remember that we are as blind in all light as in all darkness. Contrast is what makes this journey called Life worth traveling, worth enjoying, worth living! Scary…but necessary. 

What the Gift of Adversity produces when you accept it consciously:

  • Intensified Courage, which leads to your ability to increase risk, which in turn leads to increased opportunity
  • Refined Patience, which gives you the power to become more centered, to consider the next step
  • Resilience and Resolve, which allows you to take the next step without giving in to any residual fear
Whenever you see adversity as an enemy, or a punishment, or a curse, the true value of that adversity is missed, covered over, blotted out. Developing the chosen habit of seeing all adversity as gifts will allow you to move through life with more ease, more energy, and more gratitude. 

Life is full of lessons and the lessons will be repeated until learned.

“You learn nothing from your successes except to think too much of yourself. It is from failure [and adversity] that all growth comes, provided you can recognize it, admit it, learn from it, rise above it, and then [start] again.”Dee Hock, founder, Visa International

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Wanted: Many Dead Americans

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Describing an American is not so easy...
Here’s a bit of information you probably missed in the pile of news you’re hit with daily. There was a report that someone in Pakistan had placed a notice in the newspaper of an offer to reward anyone who killed an American—any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)
”An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as Native Americans.
An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America, they are free to worship as each of them chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God [if there is a god], not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.