A Note on Adversity

Being happy doesn’t mean living in a perfect world filled with rainbows, unicorns, and gigantic amounts of ice cream. We all get that ‘things-just-aren’t-going-my-way-today’ feeling. Adversity is inevitable- there is absolutely no way that we can all get exactly what we want all the time. We experience loss, heartbreak, illness and a variety of different challenges. Our most natural reaction is to be upset when things go awry. There are ways to cope with that sadness, though.

I love Steve Job’s story. He dropped out of college and lived on very little money. Elements of his life felt impractical and just didn’t make sense. His future didn’t seem very promising during those times. However, looking back at his situation, years later, he was able to see that the struggles he dealt with helped make him the successful leader who we all came to know. The adversity in his life gave him character. Here’s a quote from Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech:

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

This quote has helped me through a mountain of personal struggles. I hope that this quote brings you comfort during the times when you need it most. When you’re feeling sad or defeated, try to take a minute to slow down and realize that that moment does not define who you are or what is going to happen in your life. Accept that you’re dealing with a challenge in your life, and have faith. Like Steve Jobs said, trust in something, no matter what that something is. Know that life goes on and that one day the sun is going to shine just a little bit brighter.

One day, the dots will connect for you, too. 

To read the full text of Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech, click here: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html


One thought on “A Note on Adversity

  1. Thank you so much for that quote. It’s just so true, isn’t it? The times I’ve felt really close to suicide or serious self harm, something within me has always stepped up and made me call for help. It’s a shame that sometimes I seem to have to near rock bottom to access that “something”, but it’s comforting to know it’s there.
    Be well.

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