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:
And: mishap, misadventure, accident, upset, reverse, setback, crisis, catastrophe, tragedy, calamity, trial, 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 death, on 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.