The reality of bad things happening is inevitable. No one is immune from the negative, discouraging, or bad that occurs, even if it is simply perspective.
Although the author is unknown, the following quote has strong implication, “When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”
Regardless of one’s perspective, the choice of what is done when these events happen is what makes the difference in life.
If difficulties define us, we tend to only focus on the drudgery of life and the poor hand we have been dealt, “woe is me.”
If difficulties destroy us, then life becomes little more than existence. Nothing is worth talking about or doing.
If difficulties strengthen us, we are better prepared to help others face their challenges, and we are better equipped for the next difficulty that may come our way.
We should not seek difficulties, but when they come, let us always use the opportunity to face them in such a way to better prepare us as leaders.