Ad­ver­sity as Op­por­tu­nity

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We ex­pe­ri­ence agony and pain when we come to face an emo­tional, so­cial or fi­nan­cial upheaval over which we have no con­trol. The word ‘agony’ im­plies suf­fer­ing that one goes through help­lessly, maybe over a pro­longed pe­riod of time. It could be a state of men­tal an­guish in which we fear or ques­tion the un­cer­tainty in our lives. We may feel like giv­ing our­selves up to fate.

What seems like suf­fer­ing can be turned into a golden op­por­tu­nity if dealt with in­tel­lect and pa­tience. Deal­ing with all that causes suf­fer­ing means to over­come ob­sta­cles in our path to progress. First, it means fo­cus­ing on strengths and un­der­stand­ing our lim­i­ta­tions bet­ter. In­ter­act­ing with pos­i­tive peo­ple helps. Walk­ing in nat­u­ral en­vi­rons, spend­ing time alone, read­ing qui­etly or lis­ten­ing to mu­sic en­gen­der pos­i­tive think­ing for it con­nects us to the whole; it opens our eyes to the in­ter­con­nected na­ture of life and the con­cept of Brahmn starts mak­ing sense.

An­other way to deal with suf­fer­ing is by en­gag­ing your­self in com­mu­nity ser­vice as well as by learn­ing skills to ac­quire knowl­edge and wis­dom. Seek the com­pany of the good and vir­tu­ous from whom you can learn and el­e­vate your con­scious­ness. In the pres­ence of faith, mir­a­cles hap­pen.

Pos­i­tive think­ing can turn ad­ver­sity into op­por­tu­ni­ties for heal­ing, for­give­ness and for com­pas­sion. Then our deeds’ll au­to­mat­i­cally be done with no fear of the fu­ture. Then the path of agony’ll be changed to a path of progress and sor­row turns into eter­nal hap­pi­ness.

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