Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hot Water

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.

Ben Johnson
Hello Val
The quotation above is very similar to the one I have heard from various sources all claiming to have made it up: "A man is like a tea bag. He doesn't know how strong he is until he gets into hot water." As far as I know it came originally from Kay Kyser, the band leader.

Some of the things I consider adversities are things that don't work right, things you have to wait too long to find out if they work and things that don't work at all. Certain computer systems and human relationships fall under those categories.

Not having enough money is another awful depressing attack on one's sense of right and wrong. After careful planning and budgeting, with all things factored in you still come up $17. 24 short at the end of the month.

Illness is a big one. Nothing is more detrimental to a happy life than having to compensate for a body that doesn't work right. It's expensive to take care of and if there is pain involved we are forced to focus on the wrong things.

Lost opportunities rank up there with the adversities of a struggling life. Along with them come regrets, those dirty rags in the drawer you somehow can't throw out.

Another adversity is the lack of advantages and resources. He gets the job or he gets the girl because he has a cell phone and you don't.

Being misunderstood, minimized, underestimated, scorned, scoffed at, ignored and criticized by some self satisfied moron, are back door adversities that sneak up on one from behind.

Having your wallet or your idea stolen, hearing someone else being praised for your work, being blamed for things that aren't your fault, being unprepared for the thing you are suddenly called upon to do. are more adversities to fight with.

Plans that go awry, people who don't show up when they are expected, being trapped someplace with no escape, make life over difficult.

For me today adversity is the continuing memory of betrayal, deception that went on every day for twenty days under my feet where I could hear it, a broken heart, with a healing process that is taking too long to work.

How strong am I?
DB - The Vagabond
Never give up.


Arlene (AJ) said...

Hard as it is DB you have to let it was what it was and your allowing yourself to keep thinking of this is causing you more pain and discomfort which isn't good for you dear. You've started a new path with your move, allow yourself to enjoy your new life and direction and opportunities that will come your way. Hang in there, keep tough.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Adversity is what makes us grow stronger, so you are now stronger.