In life, we come across people who have tremendous reserves of courage and fortitude. They face numerous challenges and adversities in life. It is not always a sunny day for these people. There are clouds of despair, trials and tribulations that hover over their lives. But the distinguishing feature of these admirable individuals is fortitude, deep reserves of faith and an admirable quality to keep plugging away at the task at hand. The vagaries of fate which crush most people into rank submission transform these tough people.
“Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”
The following lines in the Shakespearean play, As You Like It, mean that adversity or misfortune has its benefits. Though it is not always evident during the time of a crisis, there are various lessons that can be drawn from it. Tough times teach us self-reliance, determination and give us the strength to tide over them. Remember that during our darkest hours, during the deepest nights, there is always a silver lining. So, if we persevere and work towards our goal, success is just around the corner. Gandhiji had the courage of belief to free India from the shackles of colonial servitude. Despite numerous atrocities, countless imprisonments and continuous harassment, Gandhiji had the conviction to lead his countrymen to freedom with the principle of ahimsa and non-violence against the mighty British Empire. There have been numerous adherents of his principles like the US Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.
All of us have problems. There is no human being who can say that his life is truly a bed of roses. Those who are blessed with great wealth lack other qualities. No matter what problems we have to face today, there is a solution, because we have nothing to deal with but our own thoughts. We need to confront our problems with courage, boldness, and action.
We learn courage when we face danger. We learn patience when we endure suffering. We learn tenderness when we taste pain. We learn to prize true friends when false ones desert us. We treasure good health when disease strikes. We learn to prize freedom when we are in danger of losing it. Without trouble, we would be like a delicate plant which has been grown on a nutrient-rich soil. This plant which has never needed to grow long roots gets easily uprooted by a gust of wind. How can we possibly become a strong person, if we have an easy life? The tougher it is, the tougher we have a chance to become if we choose to fight back. “Tough times never last, but tough people do”, as quoted by Robert H. Schuller has a ring of truth.
We at Competition Success Review have been guiding students to achieve success in various examinations. We strongly believe that for success, it is not necessary that a student attends the most expensive educational institutions and coachings. Many a time the toppers in the prestigious Civil Services Examination are from impoverished backgrounds and who have studied in vernacular mediums. What distinguishes these achievers is their innate toughness, determination and hard work. We need to ask the Almighty to give us the strength and courage to tide over the numerous challenges that Fate throws before us. This is the true hallmark of a human being!
Wishing you always and ever the very best,
Surendra Kumar Sachdeva