What’s character building all about? Ever heard someone say, “I earned my degree at the School of Hard Knox.”? As a parody of higher education with respect to life, many have achieved inner wisdom and greatness by overcoming the perils of life through sheer willpower and determination to succeed.

Whether we believe it or not, we grow stronger through adversity. Instead of beating ourselves up over perceived difficulties, we need to find resolve and learn to use “adversity” to our own advantage. More often than not, we encounter hurdles to reflect on what it is we are doing in life, where we’re going, and what we need to be doing. Sometimes, we keep running into the same encounters because we have not yet comprehended the message we were supposed to learn the first time. That’s not necessarily negative; though we may perceive it to be.

It is important to note, too, that while we may face adversity on many levels and at different stages in our lives, we should never be partner to creating our own drama. We must rise above the adversity that comes into our lives, and take a responsible view of what that event or person(s) is trying to convey to us.

In most cases, adversity shows up to challenge our spirituality, our mentality, and sometimes our physical being. We find strength and intuitive knowledge in our inner consciousness to sort reality from drama. When we do, the actuality that transforms is a sage-like wisdom to overcome all obstacles. The key, however, is being able to discern whether or not we want to learn from the experience or not. When we choose to learn from adversity, we are one step closer to becoming enlightened and one rung higher on the ladder of the strong character you’d like to portray and be.

Your degree at the School of Hard Knox should be proudly displayed. The education and experience you receive in life is all part of the grand adventure of becoming part of the positive flow of Universal energy. You are what you create, and adversity is simply part of the equation to fulfilling personal and spiritual growth on all levels.

Until we speak again, I am

Joan Marie, Joan Marie the Gift

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Character Building - Growing Strong through Adversity
By Joan Marie Whelan

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Joan Marie Whelan is the world’s only intuitive lifestyle transformation expert. She travels throughout the United States sharing her gifts and the Manifestation Method with professionals, small business owners, and large companies. Her best-selling book, Soul Discovery: 9 Principles for Revealing Your Sacred Gifts, is available on amazon.com, and anywhere fine books are sold. For more information about Joan Marie and her upcoming, exclusive events, please visit our homepage!