Recognizing the Virtue of Adversity

You must never limit your challenges. Instead, you must challenge your limits.

Sometimes recovering addicts are happy just getting by. We’re sober for now, semi-comfortable, paying the bills, and maybe even keeping up with the Joneses. But are we happy with that? Or are we bored? Most likely it’s the latter, because an easy life is no life at all. If we want a great life, we should not wish for an easy life, we should wish for a difficult and challenging life and the strength to live it. In the words of Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, “Of all the virtues we can learn, no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life, than the ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge.” If we can accept that idea and live it, life’s little difficulties will no longer phase us, and we’ll have a better and more successful life.

Just for Today
Embrace the difficulties in your life, asking your Higher Power for the strength to deal with them.