Adversity reveals us to ourselves and others. What you do with that information is what really matters. Adversity is a result of freewill in humanity, so you might as well accept it. Humanity is called for in acceptance of bitter results. Just because you have solid principles and noble values doesn’t gaurantee you victory. Adversity is the why-how-when-where of life’s friction that polishes your life. Adversity comes to us through family, friends and social circles; also in spiritual, emotional and physical danger. The danger of adversity lies in it’s effect on you. It can either poison you with bitterness over life’s unfairness or it makes you understanding and then compassionate towards others. When faced with adversity, don’t confuse prudence with cowardice. Act, and you’ll overcome your worries and fears. Humble yourself and acknowledge your faults. Do what it’s best in the grand scheme of things, even if it means sacrificing yourself for the good of the whole! Do what’s right even if you don’t get credit for it.
Adversity could be a blessing, a lesson in life or outright treachery, depending on how you deal with the pain. When in adverse times, be careful to separate what is necessary from severity, or else all good deeds will be credited to force, rather than benevolent motives. Your solution may be common sense to you and others who think like you, but there are different ways of thinking. There are different views of what common sense is. It depends on whether you choose an integrative, ideal, logical or fact based solution. Be sure you don’t betray your soul. To lessen adversity’s blows, seek to fulfill your heart’s dreams. Each day lived, whether troublesome or blissful will always be a good day to be alive. It’s a day closer to the treasures of your heart. Stay true to your faith, whatever that is, and act as you know you should act, deep down inside your heart. If all else fails, then at least you will have no regrets. You will have lived as youcould and you won’t be the kind of person who says, “I wish I would’ve, should’ve, could’ve.”
Written by Armando Macias, Death Row, San Quentin
“This was written during hard times when I’ve seen conflicts arise.”