It is a short story, bear with me
The father of personal achievement, Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was a revolutionary philosopher in authoring success principles. He interviewed over 500 successful men and women over a 20 year period and documented his findings first in ‘The Law of Success’ (1928), followed by his most notable work ‘Think And Grow Rich’ (1937), and ‘Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude’ (1960) along with other notable works.
Listening to an audio one day of Dr. Hill, I had an “aha!” moment.
“Nothing is ever taken from anyone without something of equal or greater benefit to take its place. This is a Law of Infinite Intelligence”
Napoleon Hill had a son, Blair, who was born with no sign of ears, and was told by the delivering doctors that his son would go through life as a deaf mute. Dr. Hill refused to accept this condition as an affliction, and worked on Blair for many hours per day He would talk to Blair knowing perfectly well he couldnt hear with his ears. He would pray and meditate with him, hoping he was somehow spiritually connecting with Blair.
Up until about 3 years of age, Blair hadn’t heard a thing.
Suddenly one day Dr. Hill snapped his fingers behind Blair’s head, and he turned around to see where the noise came from. A miracle had happened.
As life continued and the hearing improved, Dr. Hill was contacted by a university whom had heard of the peculiar case of Blair Hill. They requested if Blair could trial a hearing aid. At this stage, he had 65% of his hearing, being the only known case in the world of an ear-less person being able to hear.
With the hearing aid, he gained the other 35% of his hearing. This totaled 100% hearing ability.
Blair went on to become a very successful business man. His father believed that the gift in the adversity was that people would go out of their way to be nice to an ear-less fellow. People would be polite and would hear his sales ‘pitch’. Of course, this gave Blair the advantage over any other salesperson, topping all records and targets. There was a true gift in a seemingly difficult situation.
This is The Gift Of Adversity.