“Nearly all men can handle adversity. If you really want to test his character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln
Sober advice, indeed. When you stop to think about it, we wear, as a badge of courage, our overcoming adversity, which I think is proper and good. We are setting a good example for those around us. But, how often have we seen someone with what is equated with power today—wealth—treat others, mere mortals, with disdain? Someone once said that true test of character is how someone treats another person, when that person cannot do anything for them. Bringing this down to a day-to-day level we can all relate to, think about how you treat the waitstaff in a restaurant, or someone who is approaching the end of a line that you are also anxiously approaching, or the elderly person who gets on the crowded bus on which you are sitting comfortably. How you treat these people not only speaks volumes to others about who you really are, it speaks, if you’ll listen, directly to you. Is what you are hearing representative of the you, you want to be?
Good luck on your journey!