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there any person on this earth who has not faced adversity? Life can be good,
but adversities are also part of life. How does one face them with equanimity?
It is difficult if the extent of adversity is very high. But one has to live
through adversities and come back in life to succeed again. A sudden accident
can make one lose limbs. A man who makes his living with his hands, will surely
feel very bad and devastated if he loses his working hand. How about the effect
of the announcement by the doctor that your child has cancer? Can parents take
this news calmly? They will most probably faint when they hear it first. Some
adversities are such that they shatter lives forever. But strong will and faith
can help one face and conquer many adversities.
Who has not heard of Helen Keller? Her blindness and deafness could not shatter
her indomitable spirit. There are many instances of such people. I had
corresponded with families of cancer stricken children. The pain that I saw was
enough to shake the bravest heart. I remember a small kid girl, who developed
second degree burns as a reaction to her Chemotherapy. Her mother had a guest
book and the notes on that site could make anyone weep. The pain that the child
was undergoing was tremendous. But the photographs of a capped child smiling
and laughing in the laps of her father were heart warming. Somewhere the spirit
was alive in the family to fight it out cheerfully.
I also remember my conversations with a blind man of 70 years of age. He was
secretary of one of the blind help groups. For sometime, during my talk, I
realized that something strange was happening. Then suddenly it stuck me that
this gentleman was using words such as Oh, I see, etc. without giving a pause.
I was amazed with this talk. I knew that he had been a blind man for more than
40 years. I somehow gathered strength and asked him about usage of such words.
He told me casually that there was nothing great about that. He could read and
write and even type as well as any normal person. Though he had Braille. And he
could see the faces with his touch. He had no regrets about his blindness. He
had taken it as a fact of life and there was no feeling of having been dealt
bad cards by the fate. Such people make us feel that adversities come to
strengthen us. They test us. It is surely very tough to overcome them, but a
strong will and faith in oneself and one's God can give enough strength to
Let us look at the life as a moving vehicle. As we
move, we pass many scenes. Some good and some dirty. But we sit though the
journey peacefully and reach our destination. We mostly remain unmoved because
- we are not directly pained by the scenes outside and our focus is more on
reaching the destination. In any adversity, at least the second part can be
applied. Come what may, our object should be to create a good life and live as
an example for others. That should be our destination and that should be our