The Purpose of Adversity

It’s all over the news.
You can’t avoid it.
No matter how much we try to deny it…

The world is coming to an end. (Play eerie music here)

Just this year alone we have had a prediction about the end of the world or rapture. The U.S. Government has been downgraded by S&P. Greece and Spain are in utter disarray. People are being laid off, losing their homes and are quickly watching the balances of their retirement savings diminish. I mean with times like this what is the purpose of going on? We might as well give up now. It looks like all is lost, right?

Wrong! The troubles and the issues we face rather personally or as a nation are here for a purpose. Challenges do not arise to kill us, they come into existence so that they can be overcome. I am not afraid of a debt ceiling. I am not afraid of being laid off. I am certainly not afraid of inaccurate predictions, foreclosures, or plummeting investment accounts. What I am afraid of is the lack of faith that we as human beings have in each other.

In the U.S. our ancestors survived the Great Depression. We survived the Great Market Crash of 1929. We survived the financial crisis of 2008. We rebuilt after the devastating attacks on the Trade Center towers on 9/11. We will survive today’s challenges. We are a nation full of people who learn and strive through adversity.

I could care less about political parties and selfish agendas. I care about my neighbor who is a single parent working two jobs to feed her children. She gives me hope. I care about the guy who just got laid off from his job who has the courage to start his own business. He gives me inspiration. I care about the children who press their way to school, from broken and damaged homes, with no supplies trying to educate themselves. They motivate me to make keep trying to make a difference.

So, instead of wasting our time focusing on everything we see going wrong, lets take the time and do something right. The purpose of adversity is to make us stronger. Who have you strengthened today?

I refuse to be a participant in chaos. I want to be an advocate for solutions. Let’s build from the ashes of our past failures and pour a solid foundation that future generations can stand on.

Here’s some great ways for us to help based on the needs of the people:

  • Resume Seminars
  • Interviewing Seminars
  • Volunteering
  • Debt Consolidation Programs (not scams)
  • Book sharing- If you read a great book pass it to a friend.
  • Donate school supplies
  • Career development coaching
  • Financial literacy and responsibility programs

The more hands that get involved, the faster we change the news headlines into something worth reading. Let’s make a difference. I understand the purpose of adversity and I am up to the challenge. Who’s with me?

Frank Jenning is the founder of A Spark Starts where he writes inspiring stories to encourage you to reach your full potential. He writes with passion. He writes with purpose. He writes for you.

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