Changing Adversity to Opportunity
I was thinking about what to write for today’s article and had even started another article, but the subject just wasn’t getting it for me. In the process of looking at some of my Go To writers, I found underlines in my copy of Your Best Life Now, by Joel Osteen.
I was reminded of turning points in my life that have opened the door for me to advance–in my career and in my personal life.
Adversity often pushes us into our divine destiny. – Joel Osteen
Instead of looking at my life, I thought we could consider King George VI of England. He was a key man at a critical hour of World War Two. If his brother had been King, things would have fared differently because his brother was a Nazi Sympathizer.
Some of you may already know Albert from the hit movie, The Kings Speech. His full name was Albert Frederick Arthur George. Bertie was younger brother to the heir and darling of society, Prince Edward, who was Prince of Wales. For most of their lives Bertie lived in Edward’s shadow, a place where he was quite content to inhabit. Then their father George V died.
Once king, Edward courted Mrs. Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee. Since the English Monarch is also head of the Anglican Church, by law Edward could not marry Wallace, a divorced woman. Edward abdicated the throne in order to marry Mrs. Simpson, leaving Bertie to step in and clean things up.
On December 11, 1936, Albert became King George VI. King George had a tough transition from a happy, private citizen and family man to the man leading the charge for Britain. If that wasn’t enough, he also had to overcome a speech impediment, a stutter. His wife, Elizabeth the mother of the reigning Elizabeth II, and an Aussie speech therapist, Lionel Logue, ably assisted him in this journey.
The rest as they say is history, but anyone who has read about King George VI or seen The Kings Speech, will identify with the personal determination Bertie exercised in stepping into this enormous responsibility.
King George VI was a hero long before the first shots of the war were heard, and in the process, changed his shortcomings into triumphs. He had a willing heart.
King George VI was the great-grandfather of Prince William.