A true lesson in faith

More often than not, adversity gets connected to calamity.

Illness. Injury. Injustice.  Circumstances equated with insurmountable.

But as you can see,  its synonyms trend otherwise, across a broader spectrum of maladies:

Misfortune, ill luck, bad luck, trouble, difficulty,hardship, distress, disaster, suffering, afflictionsorrow, misery, tribulation, woe, pain, trauma.

And: mishap, misadventure, accident, upset, reversesetback, crisis, catastrophe, tragedy, calamitytrial, cross, bummer, burden, blow; hard times, trials and tribulations, ill wind,  distress,  downer,  drag,  hurting,  jam,  jinx,  poison, reverse,  trial,  bad break,  can of worms,  evil eye,  hard knocks,  ill fortune,  kiss of deathon the skids,  pain in the neck,  the worst,  tough luck

Not to diminish the truly tragic, but adversity is essentially –  day in and day out – life.

Bumps that  bruise your ego.

Instants  dulling your pride.

Dropping the ball.

Falling to earth.

Obstacles that  lead you to take a wrong exit.

Choose a detour. Cut a corner. Make a bad choice.

Each and every one of these unglamorous, “no one hardly notices” moments, are adversity too.

Gut checks representing the choice of the moment.

To act; either as you know you should – or – how you have chosen to  absolve yourself.

The time when you must decide to listen to what your character guides you to do.

 Or, ignore, avoid or pretend you missed its message altogether and simply acquiesce to your weaker self.


Not necessarily a  builder  of character.

More so,  the definitive method of determining your willingness to listen,  hear and then heed the call of your character.


So you may correctly answer to all of those moments in life – big, medium and small.


The sole means of building  in you,  an enduring trust of the character that resides in you.

A  true lesson in faith.




Author: Mark J. Hahn

"To be there when the light goes on." Those few, powerful words, succinctly sum up my quest as a coach. That is really what it is all about. This is precisely what drives me. To have good fortune shine upon me briefly so that I can be present at that very moment. The instant of revelation. When the years of heavy lifting results in it making sense for someone else. The almost audible “click”, followed instantaneously by an unmistakable incandescence. The illumination that can only accompany accomplishment. To see bean in the eyes, the look on the face, a change in stature and the air of confidence overtake and envelope the protoge, the “project” or the late bloomer. That is why I am in it. There may never be a stat for achieving those kinds of victories. But it is by far the most important “w” I will ever achieve.

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