Sunday, November 02, 2008

.....But while prosperity is apt to harden the heart of pride, adversity in a man of resolution will serve to ripen it with fortitude. To use the words of Burke, "Difficulty is a severe instructor, set over us by the supreme ordinance of a parental guardian and instructor, who knows us better than we know ourselves, as He loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill; our antagonist is thus our helper." Without the necessity of encountering difficulty, life might be easier, but men would be worth less. Samuel Smiles.

I looked at a number of pictures before choosing this one to go with this post; I see in this man's rugged exterior a look of kindness, and of course pride in whom I consider to be his child. He has a rough-hewn appearance and his hands are no stranger to hard labor. I have no doubt I would find conversation with him a pleasure. He holds his daughter with tenderness but who would doubt those arms would turn to violence if she needed protection.

Photo by Mitchel Kanashkevich


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Fred :)

The man in the picture looks tough and proud of his child. The child is very happy, comfortable and trusts him to provide and protect her. He seems to say that she is his responsibility. However, he looks so rough that we will not entrust our children to his care.

The truth is that no one likes adversity. Everyone wants comfort.
But adversity teaches very good lessons. For one thing a person has to work on all days to eke out a living. No sundays,no holidays. A person in adversity also learns to survive with the barest minimum.
When the time comes to meet hia Creator, he has less regrets because he will be leaving hardly anything back in this world.

This brings to my mind the poetry; DEATH THE LEVELER. I am reproducing a stanza from this poem:

Very interesting post.

Have a good day :)

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
What a thoughtful post. I love how you describe how this man comes across to you, you are a careful observer.
Thanks also for reminding me about some of the difficult things of adversity, such as working everyday.
And lastly, I love the stanza from the poem. So true.
God bless.