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At one time or another, each one of us will suffer from some kind of adversity. Especially in recent weeks, many of us who have always felt invincible have seen evidence to the contrary. Many of us have lost friends of loved ones, and all of us are feeling the pain of loss and invasion.
Some of us have experienced more adversity in our lives than others. Many of us have suffered from financial hardship, physical or mental illness, or other difficulties that never seem to let up. However, as many Americans have said in recent days, we cannot let adversity change our way of life or deter us from living. If we do, the forces of evil and sadness will have found victory. And we simply cannot let that happen.
Such is the case in any aspect of life. From personal experience in battling four incurable illnesses, including MS and Lupus, I cannot even express to each and every one of you how important it is to look adversity in the face and continue on, chasing your dreams.
When I was diagnosed with my diseases, I was utterly devastated. For a time, I thought I'd never achieve my dreams of going to college, teaching, and being a writer. But with the help of a supportive husband and children, I started college at age 46, graduated, and became a published author. I'm now a well-known writer, teacher, and online businesswoman. In spite of all that has gone wrong in my life, I have found success and fulfilled my dreams, and so can you.
Instead of letting life's obstacles bring you down and destroy you, use them. Use your adversities to make you stronger and help you succeed in business, education, or whatever you choose. Use hardship to toughen you.
Telling your story to your customers and associates will undoubtedly get you support, respect, and even success. Don't embellish your tale or beg for pity, but don't be afraid to let people know what you have been through. Being honest about your life's history will inspire trust and understanding in others who may very well have been down the same road.
Author Barbara Jeanne Fisher is author of the acclaimed love story, "Stolen Moments" and has used her illness to inspire herself and others to succeed. Her web site, found at http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/dlipton/ is a virtual library of health information and inspiration. Barbara can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.