We think we're one type of person. Until . . .

*Someone makes us angry.

*Does something we don't like.

*Run into problems.

*Things don't work out the way we expect them to.

Then who do we become? A stranger even to ourselves. We close our hearts. We withdraw. We yell. We complain.

Adversity has a way of bringing us out, of confronting us—the us that hides in there when everything is peachy keen.

Adversity is what tempts us to come out and reveal that hidden part of ourselves. The self that shies away from people for fear of looking bad.

But adversity can also make us stronger, if we let it. If we don't close our hearts, withdraw, yell, and complain. We don't have to do that.

We can open our hearts and face whatever is there. Let's allow adversity to teach us, to stretch us, to make us better.

Next time adversity pays a visit, ask, "What do you want me to learn from this? How can I become stronger? More loving, kinder?

Once you do, adversity will have nothing over you.

Author's Bio: 

Rossana Snee is a Marriage & Family Therapist. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families. Her present focus, however, is working with young women in their 20s, specifically 21 - 26. She facilitates a monthly group called An Afternoon With Josh's Mom, whereby she guides, empowers, and promotes self-love. Her goal is to provide these young women with the guidance to make decisions in their best interest.

Visit her at askjoshsmom.com, https://www.facebook.com/askjoshsmom, and Twitter (@askjoshsmom). She endeavors to inspire and motivate, and to be a springboard for her reader's self-growth.