Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

Overcoming Adversity

The other day I read, “When the novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that ‘there are no second acts in American lives,’ he was obviously incorrect Don't Stop Believing'and ignorant to the fact that human beings have an enormous capacity for overcoming adversity both personal and professional, with intelligence, patience, and panache.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Recovery, redemption and second acts are widespread in our culture today.  We’ve all heard of the celebrity who turns a life of addiction into one of redemption and purpose.  Or the politician who falls from grace and rises to create a nonprofit that helps the disadvantaged.

So often it is a major setback – cancer, divorce, job loss, the death of a loved one, bankruptcy, or an accident – that puts the spotlight on our lives and shows us the way to a meaningful “second act.”

So take another look at those events you experience as setbacks.  They may very well be the forerunner of your best performance ever!

“enjoy healthy”

P.S. It’s not easy to see “pain” as an exciting challenge.  But when we make this shift, we can break through to our infinite potential. Easier said than done. Email me at to Explore How.  (Free.)

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2 Responses to Overcoming Adversity

  • A year ago I was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure requiring dialysis. It was necessary for me to resign my position as a “substance substance counselor” due to stress. As a counselor I motivated individuals to avoid addictive patterns and make positive changes in their lives. Over the past months I began to despair, feeling that my “purpose” in life was gone. After reading this article I can now say “the SECOND ACT in my life can be whatever I CHOOSE to make it!

  • Absolutely Carol…sooo happy to hear you say that. Sending love.

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