A sumo master, who had achieved the second highest rank, ozeki during his active career, made a comment while recalling his hardship of a long absence due to a knee injury. I still remember his words clearly.
"I was conceited by my success at that time. I had to experience a setback.
Thanks to that, I was able to learn so many things."
When I think back on his comment, two Japanese words come to mind.
Both sound similar, yet have very different meanings.
'Seiko (success)' and 'Seiko (growth)'
When we experience difficulty in life, we struggle to overcome the situation. When we think back on it later, we sometimes happen to notice:
That adversity was needed for my growth as a person. It was a necessary providence.
Because of that tough time, I was able to learn important things.
And because of that learning, I am able to exist as I do now.
Go forward for 'success'? Go forward for 'growth'?
Depending on what you are siming towards, the providence called 'setback' will turn that darkness to light.
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