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Adversity is the Time To Go After Our Dreams

It’s tough to feel blessed 
when something rotten happens – but it’s the rotten stuff that triggers blessings.

Adversity is not the time to give up on dreams.
 Adversity is the time to go after dreams. 
Blessings follow.

When my husband Bob had his first stroke four years ago, I was told to shelve my dreams. “You won’t have time for them.”  Without dreams, we’re dead in the water – so I threw out that advice.

A month after the stroke, I was in our local newspaper editor’s office pitching a column on politics. It ran through the 2012 election, garnered a slew of letters to the editor, and was picked up by a top political web site.  Writing that column gave me something for “me” – the thing every caregiver needs but doesn’t usually get – and my writing career flourished.

Two more rotten times hit. Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer and he had a second stroke. Each time, I went for my dreams.  I pitched a second column idea, this one on discoveries in neuroscience. A homeless man stopped my editor in town to tell her that my columns had helped him – “a lot.” This is the kind of encouragement writers would scale a tall tree to get, barefoot.

Go for your dreams. Do it now – especially if you’re going through a tough time. You’ll shift into feeling blessed.

---Excerpt from a column by Mary Anne Thomas.  CLICK HERE to read the full column.
Mary Anne writes a wonderful blog on applying neuroscience in our daily lives..
Neuroscience is the new field that studies the brain and shows that we can 
re-wire our brains to see our positives rather than our negatives. 
 Mary Anne writes about how to apply this new research
 to our own lives and problems.

Mary Anne Thomas  publishes articles in the Black Mountain News 
and in her own blog at 

She also offers e-courses in confidence building at