The title of this blog is part of a Maya Angelo quote, the final line is that you tower over your circumstances. Do you let adversities stop you in life? Here are some questions to make you think about it:
1. What stands between you and happiness.
2. Are you holding onto something you need to let go?
3. Decisions are being made right now. The question is, are you Making them yourself or are you letting others make them for you?
4. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
5. What is the biggest challenge you face now?
6. If the average life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
7. What’s something that happened to you that made you stronger?
8. What is worth the pain?
9. Are you aware someone has it worse than you?
10. What’s missing in your life?
One of my adversities is my families pre-edification to suffer from gout. I have not had it for one and a half years and I was asked about it by my naturopath two days ago, and yesterday I woke up with it. Ouch, this lies in the do not push your luck arena.
So what does life say about adversity, here are a few quotes that express it rather well:
1. With her two most prominent roles challenging gender stereotypes and norms, The New York Times said Mary Tyler Moore’s “performances on [The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show] helped define a new vision of American womanhood.” The Guardian said “her outwardly bubbly personality and trademark broad, toothy smile disguised an inner fragility that appealed to an audience facing the new trials of modern-day existence.
2. Best known to the general public for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = Mc squared, which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation, from the misogynistic earlier part of the Twentieth century, I’m sure this relates to men and women: We R Who We R.
3. All butterflies have “complete metamorphosis.” To grow into an adult they go through 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Each stage has a different goal – for instance, caterpillars need to eat a lot, and adults need to reproduce.
4. I suggest looking at the different styles of the last two POTUS’s to understand this quote: Don’t Give Up.
5. Barbara De Angelis is an American relationship consultant, lecturer and author, TV personality, relationship, personal growth adviser and spiritual teacher. Her infomercial “Making Love Work” won an award as Best Infomercial of 1994.
6. What can you do now you couldn’t last year? That’s called overcoming adversity: Look What You Made Me Do.
7. From the man who went through his and freed a country.
8. Simply for the Image: Sing For The Moment.
9. Turn around, overcoming adversity happens the other way.
10. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee: Black Superman.
11. One of the ways to overcome adversity quickly is to learn the art of acceptance.
12. Marty Rubin, a South Florida gay activist, author and journalist, Mr. Rubin died after a struggle with AIDS. He was 64: Live It Up.
13. Six powerful words.
14. I love the zen of Japanese philosophy: Walking on the Moon.
15. For your final lesson, remember flowers grow between cracks in the footpath.
So, a few words on adversity to finish; You never know how really strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
Today’s playlist contains some Sesame Street, a daggy song, an Aussie classic and two pop divas, surprise, surprise. We begin with Kesha, then Bruno Mars. Pop diva Taylor Swift follows, Eminem raps a tune out next. The ode to the Black Superman by Johny Wakelin brings the seriousness down a bit. Back to Australia for Mental as Anything and we complete with British supergroup The Police: Stand Up Straight and Realise Who You Are!!!
So when adversity arises in my life, I return to my ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included and get back on track. P.S. I found some joint cream I brought several years ago, It works. Until we meet again my dear friends.