We’ll never have enough time. Paradoxically, understanding that concept allows us the potential to enjoy the time we have. Treat time as a resource – don’t waste it feeling sorry for yourself.
As Arnold Bennett writes in How to Live on 24 Hours a Day:
“Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it.
You wake up in the morning, and lo! Your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions... No one can take if from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.
In the realms of time there is no aristocracy of wealth, and no aristocracy of intellect. Genius is never rewarded by even an extra hour a day. And there is no punishment. Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you... Moreover, you cannot draw on the future. Impossible to get into debt! You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you...
You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect and the evolution of your mortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness – the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends – depends on that...
We shall never have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.”
Each Moment Brings Infinite Possibility
Each moment of time approaches us with infinite possibility, summoning us to compassion, understanding and well-being. Can you – will you – open yourself to the potential of the moment?
I implore you not to miss the show that time is putting on for you. Don’t let problems pollute your every twenty-four hour cup of life.
Time, after all, is the only resource you have to expend against adversity. (Even if you throw money at a problem, for instance, all you’re really doing is buying yourself time saved by having others tackle whatever it is that’s troubling you.)
Spending Our Time Doing Whatever We Like
We each have some recreation we enjoy doing “to pass the time.” I like to swim. You may enjoy playing golf or tennis... bowling.... or saving the world from aliens playing a video game.
In all these activities we instinctively understand that win, lose or draw, playing the game is where the real fun is. Our time spent in doing whatever it is we like to do pleasures us in myriad ways.
"Passing" Time or Putting Time to Work
What would happen, do you think, if you approached your adversity as if it were a rather difficult shot on the 17th hole? Or a particularly adept tennis opponent?
Do you think you could “pass the time” tinkering with how you are going to solve your adversity the way you might tinker with your golf swing?
Let me put it another way: Do you think you could take the mind-set and skill-sets you’ve developed through time, and put them to work against the adversity you’re confronting? The same way you might, let’s say, apply your accumulated tennis ability to improving your game?
Is it worth trying?
Solving Problems by Trial & Error... Over Time
Remember, all problems are solved the same way. Granted, there is an immense difference in intensity in putting together a jigsaw puzzle and putting together a shattered life – but ultimately both are put together in the process of trial and error – over time.
I’ll end this section with two last bits of advice:
* No matter how tough your day has been, always go to bed believing that your cup of time will be refilled tonight...
* And whatever you want to do with your time – including wasting it – is okay, as long as you’re enjoying yourself.
Giving of Yourself -- Time and Money
Give of yourself (time and money) to others less fortunate – Put the adversity you are experiencing into perspective by familiarizing yourself with the adversity that others are experiencing.
Acts of charity should come with a warning label: Caution: giving is addictive.
Money Can't Buy Happiness
After my heart attack, I found myself pursuing the riches of the spirit. To trot out the cliché, money can’t buy happiness may seem trite, but the fact remains that there really are only three things you can do with money: spend it, give it away, or pay taxes.
I draw your attention to the epigraph of this book by Edward Courtenay:
“What wee gave, wee have;
What wee spent, wee had;
What we left, we lost.”
Those words were written a very long time ago, but they are indeed timeless.
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The Power of Adversity: Tough Times Can Make You Stronger, Wiser, and Better
by Al Weatherhead with Fred Feldman.
Dynamic industrialist and major philanthropist Al Weatherhead says adversity is not a curse but a gift--and that when we embrace our problems we temper and empower ourselves to achieve unimagined success. With insight and compassion, Weatherhead helps us understand that the question we must ask ourselves when bowled over by life's troubles is not "Why me?" but instead, "Why not me?" In the process, this pragmatic and profound book reveals the secret to achieving a greater understanding and mastery of life by harnessing the
Power of Adversity.
About the Authors
Al Weatherhead, chairman and CEO of Weatherhead Industries, endured wrenching family estrangement, serious arthritis and heart disease, and is a recovering alcoholic. Instead of surrendering to his adversity, he came to see it as a “blessed enemy” and leveraged it to achieve extraordinary personal and professional success.
Fred Feldman has published 17 novels and co-authored three nonfiction works in the self-improvement and how-to business genres. An award-winning creative consultant, Fred Feldman also travels the country advising Fortune 500 nonprofits.
Named a Best Book of 2017 by Barnes & Noble and Amazon
From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.
Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.
Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.
We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.
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Letting go of toxic relationships
Having a baby
Death of a loved one
Loss of employment
Personal or Business related failure
Now, think about that triumphant feeling you experienced when you overcame that once “unbearable” mountain, that is the feeling of a warrior and a champion!
Yes, you are a warrior! We weren’t all raised to believe this concept, society conditions us that this term is esoteric and reserved for only the Greats, The Elites and The Gods, but that is not the case.
Imagine how life would look if you were to set yourself free from the restraints of self-limiting beliefs about past circumstances and began to accelerate beyond your confines? What can you do each day to active dormant strengths and recharge happiness? Well, The Power of Adversity explores the depths of these these questions and provides practical, yet straightforward guidance.
Herodotus, the Greek philosopher once said, "Adversity has the effect of drawing out strength and qualities of a man that would have lain dormant in it's absence."
One inevitable fact of life is that adversity will present itself unexpectedly, catastrophically and repeatedly throughout our existence.
Overcoming adversity is one of life's greatest skill-sets we could possibly develop. Cultivating this proper mental and spiritual fortitude is equivalent to building physical muscle. Commitment, Repetition and approach are key to obtaining the results you desire, through proven resources like this book.
Whether this is your first rodeo of inner exploratory, or you’ve completely committed your life to the journey inward, this book will ultimately shift your paradigm in the way you perceive and interact with adversity.
THE POWER OF ADVERSITY IS THE SELF-HELP BOOK FOR THOSE WHO DESPERATELY WANT TO OVERCOME PAST CHALLENGES, REACH TOTAL SELF-CONFIDENCE, & IMPROVE THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THEIR LIFE.
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Bounce your way to happiness and joy
From the best-selling author of Mid-Life Career Rescue, Stress Less and How to Find Your Passion and Purpose: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about boosting resilience, overcoming obstacles and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
Are you feeling flat? Despondent? Stressed or lacking energy? If so, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time to turn up the volume and get your vitality back.
Bounce offers short, sound-bites of stand-alone readings designed to help you cultivate resilience and awareness amid the challenges of daily living.
Gently, conversationally, and with humor, Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy offers strategies for seeing and thinking differently. For many people, the approach is nothing less than transformational.
More than a collection of thoughts for the day, Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy offers a progressive program of holistic—mental, emotional, physical and spiritual—study, guiding you through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the path to well-being, joy, and happiness.
The teachings are gently humorous, sometimes challenging, occasionally provocative, but always compassionate and kind, and, seemingly infinitely wise.
Bestselling author, award-winning artist, holistic therapist, and creativity expert Cassandra Gaisford (BCA, Dip Psych) shares strategies that have worked for her personally through many of her own life challenges, and for her clients in her professional work as a counselor and self-empowerment coach.
Bounce: Overcoming Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy features the most essential and stirring passages from Gaisford's previous books, exploring topics such as: meditation, mindfulness, positive health behaviors, and working with fear, depression, anxiety, and other painful emotions.
Bounce expands upon her previous books in that it encourages a more playful approach to the seriousness of life and the ever-present stressors we all face.
Through the course of this book, you will learn practical, creative and simple methods for heightening awareness and overcoming habitual patterns that block happiness and joy and hold you back.
Amongst the many benefits you'll reap after reading this book you'll learn:
- How to find strength in the face of adversity
- How to build your courage muscles easily
- How to fire up your determination to live a life of passion, love, and joy
- How to gain the happiness advantage and master the art of absolute success
Gaisford's hope is that next time you are faced with a setback or face adversity one simple word will come to mind: ‘Bounce.’ And then, having been reminded that bouncing back from setbacks in a lively manner is the test of your power, that you will then go quickly into resilience mode and apply the strategies you have learned in this book.
If when next faced with a challenge your default thoughts are ’bounce’, and ‘how can I bounce?’ then this book is a success.
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PRAISE FOR BOUNCE
"While I still have a chapter left of this book to go, all I can say is "WOW!" When I first started the book, my worry was that Cassandra might immediately dive right into the good stuff and I would be utterly confused. But oh no, Cassandra spends each chapter carefully building up to the tips and techniques that she shares. Nothing is impossible, not too over the top or unrealistic. "Bounce" is a book that leaves a lasting impression." ~Jaclyn