”The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
I was browsing quotes today about adversity because i need some inspiration. I need to be better. I am not going to pretend i am one of these people, but i know them and they might well be the reason i am not in the deepest pit i have ever been in. This is the type of person i can only hope i will be when i have fought through misery and adversity. There is another quote from Desmond Tutu. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Then i looked up Desmond Tutu, a man who grew up in South Africa durimg the apartheid and fought it. This man is was archbishop of cape town and he has stood up for the rights of so many. He campaigned to fight He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. This man has a nobel peace prize and i think i just found another man to add to my list of idols. These people remind me that one person can make a difference, that’s what i want to do.
Anyway, this has all been a reminder that this world my seem like a mess at times. If we look harder you can see that adversity just brings out the best in us. It breeds the beautiful people who were previously described so perfectly by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. This gives me more hope.