Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Being Somewhere

If you could be anywhere, where would you be, and why would you be there? The “somewhere” you choose may be a location, or it may be a state of mind. Somewhere might be in the past, present, or future. It could even be associated with land, sea, or air. The goal of this writing prompt is to provide your …Continue reading →

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Asking for Help

Quote Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And, if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama Question Is it our responsibility to help those who do not ask for help, but obviously need it? Click here to read another Beyond Adversity post.  

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One Foggy Night

Spiders, snakes, mosquitoes, and bats will be your neighbors. There is a possibility coyotes and bears might visit. Poisonous trees, shrubs with thorns, and brain-eating amoeba seem to be everywhere. I certainly understand why some people prefer to stay home or in a hotel rather than spend a weekend camping in the middle of nowhere. However, April and I enjoyed …Continue reading →

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Don’t Say It

Unless people experience adversity, or know somebody who has one, it is easy to say the wrong things. Here is a short list of what not to say: You look fine to me. You are just lazy. You can’t do anything right. Do you have any idea how much I do for you? You are wasting your second chance at …Continue reading →

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By Scott J. Friedman | Beyond Adversity I am fairly certain most people have heard the quote by Lao Tzu, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” or some variation of it. When I first heard the quote, I was part of a cave/cliff rescue squad and thought the quote referred to the time necessary to …Continue reading →

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Is it Harmful to Children?

  Excerpt of article by Leslie Barker | The Dallas Morning News Maryam Morse and her husband formulated a plan for allotting their sons time to play video games and watch TV. The boys could do so, but only after reading, completing their homework and practicing the piano. The boys loved the plan. Their parents, however, did not. “We found they …Continue reading →

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Describing Adversity

Describing adversity (disability, disease, condition, or disorder) to someone who does not understand it can be difficult — particularly if the adversity is neither common nor visible. Overly scientific descriptions are rarely understood. So, what is a good way to describe a disability to someone who is not familiar with it? The Mighty asked its readers on Facebook to share how they describe their own, or a loved one’s, adversity to …Continue reading →

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.