Grace under pressure

Dr. Martin Luther King once said in a speech, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” So true. What we are as human beings presents itself more fully in times of adversity than at times of ease. Anyone can be positive, polite and kind when things are going well. What distinguishes people with an extraordinary character from the rest of us is how they respond when life sends one of its inevitable curves. They don’t crumble or surrender. They reach deeply into themselves and present even more of their highest nature to the world.

No life is perfect. We must all face challenges, both large and small. This very minute, somewher in the world, there are parents dealing with the death of a child. This very minute, someone has suffered an accident that will devastate their loved ones. This very minute, there are human beings dealing with illness in a hospital bed. Sickness, loss, disappointment. No one gets through life without experiencing this stuff. But you and I have the power to choose to rise above our external circumstances. We always have the choice to be strong and positive when things fall apart. We have the right to use our stumbling blocks as stepping stones to our greatest life. This isn’t motivational sloganeering. I believe this is truth.

Note: The above paragraphs are excerpts from Robin Sharma‘s amazingly inspirational and thought-provoking book, The Greatness Guide. Other posts containing passages from the same book are here: Post 1 and Post 2. It might be a wise idea to buy the book and read each one of the 101 lessons presented therein.

6 Responses to Grace under pressure

  1. Dr. King’s speech reminds me of the quotation about character “Character is what you are when no one is watching.”

  2. tkramesh says:

    I think I have heard of a quotation similar to the one you mentioned. It is a nice one. Thanks for reading, and for your comment!

  3. vbremer says:

    Great!
    Surely it is a great book!

  4. vbremer says:

    I am getting this book today!

    Will review it for my blog!

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