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By DL Banks

A trap is only a trap if you don’t know about it. If you know about it, it’s a challenge.

You learn something valuable from all of the significant events and people, but you never touch your true potential until you challenge yourself to go beyond imposed limitations. When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge every adversity contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth. Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it. Challenge and adversity are meant to help you know who you are. Storms hit your weakness, but unlock your true strength. The habits of a vigorous mind are born in contending with difficulties.

Difficulties and adversities viciously force all their might on us and cause us to fall apart, but they are necessary elements of individual growth and reveal our true potential. We have got to endure and overcome them, and move forward. Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever. When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first. Every challenge you face today makes you stronger tomorrow. The challenge of life is intended to make you better, not bitter. The roughest roads often lead to the top.

These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by SCENEs that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman. Finding the lesson behind every adversity will be the one important thing that helps get you through it. Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it. Be a bit of a challenge; not because you’re playing games but because you realize you’re worth the extra effort. God tests, but he does not tempt.

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. That is the challenge Companion. To take what has happened to you and learn from it. Nothing is quite so destructive as pity, especially self-pity. No event in life is so terrible that one cannot rise above it. Never run from the enemy, tackle them. The strong-minded rise to the challenge of their goals and dreams. The weak-minded become haters. A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.

Every challenge you encounter in life is a fork in the road. You have the choice to choose which way to go – backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough. The ego lusts for satisfaction. It has a prideful ferocious appetite for its version of “truth”. It is the most challenging aspect to conquer; and the cause for the most spiritual turmoil. There is a tendency at every important but difficult crossroad to pretend that it’s not really there. Rise to the challenge of bringing your dreams to life! Do not be discouraged by resistance, be nourished by it. Success is the experience of rising to the level of your true greatness. Comfort is your biggest trap and coming out of comfort zone your biggest challenge.

Always believe in yourself and always stretch yourself beyond your limits. Your life is worth a lot more than you think because you are capable of accomplishing more than you know. You have more potential than you think, but you will never know your full potential unless you keep challenging yourself and pushing beyond your own self imposed limits. Whenever I think of something but can’t think of what it was I was thinking of, I can’t stop thinking until I think I’m thinking of it again. I think I think too much. Life keeps throwing me curve balls and I don’t even own a bat. At least my dodging skills are improving. Dominance. Control. These things the unjust seek most of all. And so it is the duty of the just to defy dominance and to challenge control.

But that’s the challenge to change the system more than it changes you.


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