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Can You Find Empowerment Through Adversity?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on August 1, 2007

Hi everyone, I’m back from the BlogHer conference in Chicago. And, it was GREAT. My plan is to write a whole post about the conference, the people, the experience…and more. However, I have been extremely ill since I have been home (I’m certain I picked-up something on the plane, I always do).

I decided to re-post “Finding Empowerment Through Adversity”, from back in January when I first began blogging. Many of the bloggers I talked with in Chicago, seemed to have similar stories of hardships that were the catalyst to their personal empowerment, and brought them to blogging.

I hope you enjoy the post…


When we are suffering it is very difficult, if not impossible, to see the “light at the end of the tunnel”. But, it is there. You will get through it. And, in time your wounds really will be healed.

Can something good come out of adversity? Often in the face of adversity, we are unable to see anything through our pain. The only thing we can think about, are questions. Why is this happening to me? How will I go on? How will I survive? These are all reasonable questions, and in the depth of your pain you will ask them, and more. But, there are no answers to these questions. Only after you realize this, will you be able to go on, and let go.

We can not turn away from our pain. It is very important that we feel all our feelings during these times of adversity and heartache. Denying our pain, or denying our feelings, will not benefit us in any way. In fact, it will only prolong our troubles. But, if we look at our situation, and face our problems head-on; we will triumph.

You may feel like you are losing the “battle”; but when you push through your battle, you come out on the other side the winner of your “war”. That is because you are empowered when you conquer life’s toughest battles. Only at these times of empowerment do we grow into the people we are meant to be. Think about that for a minute. Who would you be right now, if it wasn’t for the adversity you have been through in your life?

For me personally, I wish I had never had to go through many of the painful events of my life; loss, divorce, illness, betrayal, (just to name a few). But, I also know that I would not be who I am today, had I not. My past heartache, and my past pain, are what make me the compassionate person that I am today. And in retrospect, I don’t think I would want to be the kind of person, who knows no hardships. It’s because of these hardships that I appreciate every thing I have, even the little things, that most people take for granted.

I can now see that my past adversity, has truly been a blessing in my life. I don’t look forward to future adversity, however I know it will come. When it does come, I will have the knowledge of my past strength to help me overcome, and once again triumph.

I hope for everyone, that they are able to one day look past their pain, to find their empowerment.



2 Responses to “Can You Find Empowerment Through Adversity?”

  1. aradhanascraps said

    this article not only i can relate to as a woman but also as any human being who goes through this rollercoaster ride of emotions .It is said the gold which is burnt more shines the better,like diamonds have no value until they are chisled…the pain and suffering in our lives does help us to evolve..i.e to look inside..to pause ..ponder.The differnce which lies betwwen the state of happiness and sorrow is that…in happiness, elation we forget the sense of self and in sorrow we realise the sense of self..
    At this point i had heard someone saying..there is a differnce between pain and suffering..”pain is inevitable, suffering is optional” this line has influenced me to realise.. we dont have choice over facing problems…but we do have choice how to react.

  2. A resounding DEFINITELY! It is only through challenging times that we truly discover and hone our strengths. Though life may be ‘easier’ if there were less difficulties, I am grateful for all the tribulations that come my way. A knife becomes sharper if you grind it against something that shaves bits off it. I believe that my well of joy and appreciation of life deepens each time I go through the very depths of heartaches and pain. I don’t seek out pain in order to evolve, but when adversity comes my way, I know it’s for a good reason – it’s time for me to become more beautiful than I already am! 🙂

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