Friday, September 23, 2022

September 23--A Paradox

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.  --Anne Bradstreet

    I could continue with this: If we had no long summer stretches of 100 degree days, we would not appreciate cooler weather. Finally in south central Kansas we are getting a break from the oppressive heat. Hallelujah!
    This quote covers one of the many paradoxes of life. Adversity in its many forms certainly helps us expand our sense of gratitude for times when life is running smoothly. I've always lived where there are four seasons, and I like it that way. I don't care to live where it is hot all the time. I do, however, especially enjoy going somewhere warm (Jamaica, 2021 & 2022!) in the depths of winter. Knowing it is frigid at home makes the beach so much more fun. 
    Likewise, if no life events ever challenged us, how would we appreciate "easy street"? Don't we, in hindsight, appreciate all that our children, especially as teenagers, taught us? Didn't health issues cause us to eat, sleep and move in a more rewarding manner? Haven't relationship difficulties helped us learn to interact with others more successfully? 
    Challenges expand us to hold more good.

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