I know it is not easy to be cheerful when after doing your best, everything you do just go wrong or don’t turn out the way you expected. When your business enterprise you started that looked really promising for you ends in disaster; when your plans to earn a college or university education – plans that you or your family members have sacrificed for are suddenly overturned due to some unforeseen unfortunate event or adversity.
These are just two of the many thousand and one disappointments and setbacks that can befall you no matter your status, race, faith or nationality. But what do you do when you encounter such adversity or setbacks? Are you to just sit down and weep and bemoan your hard luck because things go wrong?
That is the easiest thing to do, and that’s why we all do it. “The ignoble thing seems far easier to do than the noble thing.” So that’s not what I want you to do.
I want you to choose to rise above your disappointments and setbacks whatever they may be. Choose to stand back up even if it isn’t straight; make an effort to get your life back together. Too many of you are waiting for others to come by and help you, just like the man at the pool of Bethsaida who waited for almost 40 years because he said he had no one.
You have to realize that no one is coming. In this world people are too concerned about their own well being to be thinking towards your direction. If your plans fail, make other plans. Learn the lessons, and get back up. Think about how you want the story of your life to be told; do you want people to talk about you as a failure, or as someone who never gave up in spite of the difficulties they faced.
Challenges, difficulties, failures are no respecters of people, race, status, economy, faith or gender. They happen to everyone when they choose to. But what makes the difference is how you choose to respond. If you choose to rise and put up the cheerful face, you are adding 100% to your power to surmount your setbacks in the future.
Get up. Too many people are banking on your success for them to make their dreams come true.
Live your greatest life!