Sunday Snippet: Winds of Adversity

“Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it.”

Unlike previous editions of the Sunday Snippet, today’s quote isn’t attributed to anyone in particular. The anonymous quote, nonetheless, offers a great breath of fresh air and some terrific words of wisdom. Life isn’t easy, nor should it be. That’s one of the first things you’ll have to learn and accept before you can truly approach greatness and success.

If everything was handed to you on a silver platter, you wouldn’t know to appreciate it. If everything was easy, life would not be interesting or worth living. In truth, hardship is necessary for so many reasons and it is only when we face these “winds of adversity” that our kites can rise the highest.

When things don’t go your way, it can be far too easy to wallow in your own self-pity. However, this wallowing does nothing to move you forward. To do so, you must learn how to handle bad news in a different way, reinterpreting it in such a way that you can use it to your advantage. Got laid off? This might an opportunity to explore a new career or develop your hobby into something more.

The kite imagery is appropriate. Unlike cars and planes that are meant to take your point A to point B, the goal of a kite is simply to stay afloat. It doesn’t really go anywhere, but you can have a lot of fun along the way. Remember that it’s about the journey and not the destination. If the wind kept blowing forward, the kite would never lift off. Kite-flying is most interesting when the wind is blowing in every which direction.

The next time someone tells you to go fly a kite, show them that you can, you will, and you’ll be smiling along the way.