I would like to know where the first paragraph came from that you used at the beginning of your post. Adversity has been my handmaiden and has only left me holding hope, which is just another word for unfulfilled dreams. Still, I find merit in your post. Here is a quote that I believe you would appreciate; “Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” ~ Arthur Golden, “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Thank you.