In 1980, the great jazz guitarist Pat Martino suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent an operation. The surgery made him suffer complete amnesia; Martino couldn’t remember his family and friends, how to play the guitar, his career or even who he was. He felt he had been dropped cold, empty and naked in the world without any cover. For months he exhaustively studied his old recordings, and in time managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on guitar. His past recordings were ‘an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest’. In the early 1990s, he resumed his performance at an entirely new level; his experience added a new dimension to his playing.
Many regard Django Reinhardt as one of the greatest guitar players of all time because he invented an entirely new style of jazz called ‘hot jazz guitar’. He had to do that because the fingers on his hands were burned in a fire accident. In overcoming this problem he created a musical tradition and his most popular compositions have become jazz standards.
These creative thinkers not only overcame their disadvantages but actively used them to add new dimension to their work. You have to try to see setback as an opportunity to begin again with more wisdom; then you too can overcome seemingly insurmountable misfortunes.
Are you going through a situation that has clouded your entire life and leave you with nothing but hopelessly degrading scenarios…then tune your mind to search for the golden opportunity in that situation and be determined to follow an unbiased lead.
“I MUST DO SOMETHING” always resolves more problems than “SOMETHING MUST BE DONE”.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”