Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Adventurers Know Of Opportunity Within Adversity..."


Often things we read about, and others things we are told, suggest that times of trial may actually be more promising than first seen... Some may even sense that this has held true in their own lives. Adventurers though, reflecting the inherent nature of wild place journeys, can actually say they really 'know' of the possibilities of discovering opportunity within adversity...
We often feel this at a depth of our being that may be hard to describe. We have found our own distinct truth of it within our adventure experiences out there. This is not bravado, but rather an earned and humbling experiencing that often shows that contrary conditions may also hold promising and favorable possibilities.
At times when climbing, what seems to hinder us may actually make a route go...
Kayakers know well that difficult waters are often the most fun and the best for skill building...
When rafting, sometimes the more advisable course to take may seem at first to be the roughest looking current...
During hikes and longer treks, the worst hostile weather often brings the most beautiful sunsets...
What appears at first to be misfortune can later be found to hold great treasure, like the elusive double rainbow after a wild storm. We often don't know in the midst of these adverse conditions what the path truly holds for us, nor what meaning we may end up giving to such an experience. These present moments are testing us; much as any of the adversities and trials out there. The juncture of adversity and possibility helps remind ourselves that while difficulties are universal, suffering is relative, and perception is everything...
Adventurers 'know' of the real opportunities that may lay hidden deep within adversity, don't we Dear Friends.....
DSD

2 comments:

Ruth said...

Great observations and a good life lesson. I like the quote. Most of us have never faced real adversity in this country and few choose to challenge nature in the way you describe.

scienceguy288 said...

How can one know what he can accomplish if he does not challenge himself. Very true.