Hardships will befall everyone. No matter how noble one lives or how careful he is, he will experience periods of difficulty. He may see them coming, or they may come upon him unexpectedly; regardless, hardships are a fact of life. The interesting thing about difficulties or hardships is that they have a way of revealing what a man truly believes. He can paint a perfect picture of himself when he is doing well, and he may easily fool others around him, but hard times reveal what is in a man. Hard times have a tendency to show that man and others his true self.
Sometimes a person doesn’t know what he is made of. Sometimes he doesn’t know his capabilities. Sometimes he has placed limitations upon himself that he doesn’t know he can overcome. Hard times have a way of causing him to surrender to situations or push him pass the obstacles and cause him to live on a new level. They will cause him to cry in defeat or man up and defeat the odds. Even if he can’t change his situations, hard times can give him the resolve of looking at his situations from different perspectives.
What do your hardships say about you? Do you readily give in and run for cover at the first sign of trouble? Do you take offense at the smallest things, expending energy foolishly that could be used on something more productive? Do you cry and complain excessively without trying to find solutions to your problems? Or do you roll up your sleeves and fight with all of your might to change things that are within your control? Even if you can’t change your situation, do you find a way to change your perception about it?
At the end of the day, you never have to tell others who you are, if you live long enough, your hardships and difficulties will do the speaking for you.