Opposition and Adversity are Part of the Natural Order

They Were Believers, John Adams

John Adams
American Founder, John Adams

The stream of life sometimes glides smoothly on through the flowery meadows and enamelled plains; at other times it drags a winding, reluctant course, through offensive bogs and dismal, gloomy swamps. The same road now leads us through a spacious country, fraught with every delightful object; then plunges us at once into miry sloughs, or stops our passage with craggy and inaccessible mountains. The free roving songster of the forest now rambles unconfined, and hops from spray to spray, but the next hour, perhaps, he alights to pick the scattered grain, and is entangled in the snare. The ship which, wafted by a favorable gale, sails prosperously upon the peaceful surface, by a sudden change of weather may be tossed by the tempest, and driven by furious opposite winds upon rocks or quicksands. In short, nothing in this world enjoys a constant series of joy and prosperity.

Source: John Adams’ Diary, 27 March 1756.

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They Were Believers is researched, compiled, and edited by The Moral Liberal Founder and Editor In Chief, Steve Farrell. Steve served as one of the original and most popular pundits at NewsMax.com (1999-2007), and is the author of the highly praised inspirational novel, Dark Rose. Copyright © 2013 Steve Farrell.

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