“No plan survives contact with the enemy”

Updated: Oct 31, 2020

At first glance, the above quote creates a mental imagery of a battle like situation. A war, with guns and soldiers, planes and ships; crashing, burning, and exploding. Life is nothing more or less than this same dramatic simile. We create a plan of action, a way to navigate efficiently through our lives. We strategize to create success by any means necessary. But, what happens when our lives come in contact with "the enemy"? The "enemy" can be a financial, healthcare, or an emotional crisis. Any of these can cause pain, stress, and even heart ache. Grief is a burden felt by many, even in the absence of death. How do we manage these instances of hardship? I can answer that simply, with courage. A brilliant leader once said,

"the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of

comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge

and controversy".

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was not only a selfless leader in the age of adversity, but he lead by example. Not through destain for his oppressors, but with kindness and love. This is how we not only defeat our adversaries both literal and subjective, but how we need to learn to live. With less hurt and loss will come an ability for higher learning and understanding. Smart, can be learned. Intelligence is a God given, natural talent. Anyone can be the creator of their own success, and anyone can defeat their enemy. No matter by which means they are carried through life.

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