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Hope in the Midst of Struggles: 3 Strategies to Rise from Adversity

"All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming." Helen Keller

Adversity. A state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune (Merriam-Webster). However we describe adversity, how do we convey the emotional reality of hardship? The dictionary does a great job of describing adversity, but only one going through difficulty can convey the pain, the sorrow, and the grief associated with this emotional roller-coaster.

During this season of COVID we've all faced different struggles. Some have had to watch their children while adjusting to working from home. Having to be both parent and teacher, in addition to finding new ways to entertain the kids so that they are not bored out of their minds. Being afraid to go to regular doctors visits for fear of getting the virus. Adapting to constant changes and a completely new way of life. Thinking this time was going to be a sprint and not a marathon and accepting that we are in this for the long haul. Still for others there has been the heaviness of losing one's financial livelihood or not being able to be with, comfort, or say good-bye to someone they love.

Adversity comes in many forms. It is cruel and it does not discriminate. It can leave us paralyzed at times and take us through a process of anger, denial and depression that turns our world upside down. Through adversity, we may encounter a new identity. Yet, we may also learn, and grow, and experience more compassion toward others.