In his article, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Dr Nick Bayles talks about research that shows that the experience of adversity can have the unlikely effect of improving peoples lives in the long haul. We see evidence of this in many of the clients and the extraordinary lives they lead. It seems that the process of overcoming adversity drives people to achieve more in their lives. Someone who quickly comes to mind is Janet Shaw.
In her book, Beyond the Red Door, Janet tells a remarkable life story. The book is full of information about retinoblastoma and contains valuable insights in dealing with the medical community. Janet shares the fears she experienced about losing her sight. She reveals the secondary consequences of dealing with retinoblastoma and describes the bullying she came up against at school.
Janet’s story is inspirational. She is a successful writer and speaker. She won two bronze medals in the last Paralympics. You can’t help but be inspired by what she has achieved in life. To read her book is to understand just what her amazing spirit has had to overcome. I recommend you check it out.
Do you think that the experience of eye loss has had a positive influence over your life? Has the overcoming of this adversity made you achieve more than you might have? I am curious to know if you agree with Dr Bayles on this point.