Dealing with Adversity
by Simon Jacobson
There are four different approaches in dealing with adversity:
Which type are you?
Would you believe that all four options are limited?
The first time in history when a people were "stuck
between a rock and a hard place" was when the Jewish
people stood before the Reed Sea with the Egyptians pursuing
them close behind. What to do? The people were divided into
Some said: "Lets jump into the sea; its
simply not worth the effort."
Others argued with resignation: "We should return to
Egypt where we lived for so many years. True, we were enslaved,
but anything is better than this stuck place where we will
either be killed by the Egyptians or drown in the sea. And
besides, a know evil is better than an unknown one. The challenges
of life are just too overwhelming. Conformity, surrender,
assimilation is the only realistic option."
Yet another group felt: "Let us go to war with the Egyptians."
And finally the "religionists: stated: "Let us pray
All were wrong. Not only conformity and escapism, but also
battle and prayer are not complete options. Was life given
to us so that we spend most of our time at war? And is prayer
enough when faced with challenge? We are blessed with resources
to deal with every challenge. So coupled with prayer we must
do our utmost to rise to the occasion.
What was the correct approach: "Move forward."
And when they did, the sea parted before them.
G-d told them: "I who have given you life, and promised
you that you can and will achieve your objectives and reach
Sinai and the Promised Land, have also given you all the faculties
and resources necessary to fulfill your lifes mission.
"When faced with challenge, with adversity, with the
difficulties each of us encounter in life, instead of spending
time ruminating about any or all of these four options, instead
of being paralyzed by doubt, FORGE AHEAD. Movement is the
key to success. Moving forward will bring a breakthrough.
How we may not always know. But move and things will