Adversity as Opportunity
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.