November 1, 2019,

Applying the expression that the glass is half-empty or half-full when facing a situation that you don’t like or are uncomfortable with seems to speak to a, gray marks the spot, at the life intersection where you are at.

When you are facing a true extreme life difficulty such as a financial collapse, a life-threatening health crisis, the loss of a loved one, mate abandonment or a natural disaster devastation, there is nothing gray there.

The glass is indeed half-empty. Why?

What you once had is probably gone forever thus the glass is no longer full.

You can look at it from any and every angle and delve into all of the spiritual enlightenment you desire and it will not be what it once was.

Still, the major question in this life is, when strong difficulties arrive, how will you react to it?

What decisions will you make to make the crisis less of one and even if the glass may never be 100 percent full, how do you get it closer to 75 percent?

We can be inspired by film, especially well-done biopics, where in this case, the heroine started in circumstances that we would never want to be in ourselves yet she overcame the difficulties to reach great heights that would impact the world so that time and we as observers remember her.

Billie Holiday, born April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a superstar of her day. She first rose to prominence in the 1930’s with a unique style that reinvented the conventions of modern singing and performance. More than 80 years after making her first recording Billie’s legacy continues to embody what is elegant and cool in contemporary music.

Today, Billie Holiday is remembered for her musical masterpieces, her songwriting skills, creativity and courageous views on inequality and justice, shares

That is her real life story that capsulizes her achievements but it is the film Lady Sings The Blues that helped us to understand how difficult that achievement was, where there, we are privy to how her young troubled life began., photo Paramount Pictures

Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday, loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title from one of Holiday’s most popular songs.

It was produced by Motown Productions for Paramount Pictures. Diana Ross portrayed Holiday, alongside a cast including Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers.

In a flashback to 1928, Billie is working as a housekeeper in a brothel in Baltimore. When she returns to her aunt’s house, she is home alone and is raped by a man that followed her home from the brothel. She runs away to her mother, who sets up a job cleaning for another brothel in the Harlem section of New York. The brothel is run by an arrogant, selfish owner who pays Billie very little money.

Eventually, Billie tires of scrubbing floors and becomes a prostitute, but later quits and returns to a nightclub to unsuccessfully audition to become a showgirl. After “Piano Man” accompanies Billie when she sings “All of Me“, club owner Jerry books her as a singer in the show.

Ms. Holiday eventually plays to a packed house at Carnegie Hall.

In terms of the emotional and skillfully acted impact of the film, the legendary movie reviewer Roger Ebert, in 1972 analyzed it this way, “My first reaction when I learned that Diana Ross had been cast to play Billie Holiday was a quick and simple one: I didn’t think she could do it.

All of those thoughts were wiped out of my mind within the first three or four minutes of “Lady Sings the Blues”, and I was left with a feeling of complete confidence in a dramatic performance. The opening scene is one of total and unrelieved anguish. The high, lonely shriek which escapes from Ross in this scene is a call from the soul, and we know this isn’t any “screen debut” by a Top 40 star; this is acting.”


In an odd way, there is a story within a story.

For Diana Ross, one of the epic singers of our time, accepting an acting role is one thing. Having to evoke the painful emotions and highs and lows of a singer legend, is difficult, to say the least yet having watched the film ourselves, Ms. Ross at times moved us to tears.

In terms of turning difficulty into opportunity, at Psychology Today, Mr. Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. shared his insights, “The crisis is but a snapshot of a moment in time, and one we’d prefer to avoid. But to achieve self-empowerment requires looking beyond that snapshot and envisioning what door of potential has just flung open.

I fervently believe that every crisis presents an opportunity. Crisis and opportunity are merely differing aspects of the process. Do we choose to focus on the crisis and freeze in fear, or do we inquire as what the opportunity may be?”

Since difficulties and crisis situations are inevitable, what steps can we take to turn a difficulty into an opportunity which eventually becomes a triumph?

We have a visiting writer who can help us.

Rosemarie Sumalinog Gonzales is an international researcher and an expert writer. Her field of expertise is on qualitative and quantitative studies. Have authored a few number of studies and also made studies in some countries of Asia like Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen.

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Submitted On October 15, 2019

Seeing Opportunity In Difficulty,

Trials are inevitable in life. What’s important is to face these challenges and coming out stronger than before. What makes people successful is their ability to never give up, and manage to turn their challenges into opportunity for their career.

Positive reasoning alone may not guarantee achievement, yet it’s a significant beginning. You’ll experience considerable difficulties driving forward against the hindrances and mishaps you’re probably going to experience. What you look like at life can definitely influence the amount you make a mind-blowing most. Confident people expect the best out of life.

In the event that you need to keep up the correct mentality despite difficulty, start by disclosing to yourself you can change. Consider how you’ve changed for a mind-blowing duration inwardly. You’re likely an alternate individual today than you were five years prior, so don’t accept you can’t advance further.

Value your life. Set aside some effort to appreciate what you’ve just accomplished. Consider what you did to get where you are, and utilize that as a token of your capacities. Relinquish botches. Will undoubtedly come up short at certain things. Realize what you can and proceed onward as opposed to pounding yourself again and again.

In regular daily existence, we will be confronted from time to time with significant choices about new difficulties, for example, regardless of whether to go after another position or start another course. Taking on such difficulties is a significant piece of developing and creating as an individual. The more we can test our breaking points and capacities, the more we will find out about ourselves. New difficulties are open doors for us.

In any case, we don’t generally observe it that way. At the point when we take on new difficulties, we additionally need to confront the probability of disappointment. Instead of seeing the open door in the circumstance, regularly, we center around what it will resemble to come up short.

Subsequently, setting out on another test can be startling, and the dread of disappointment can be an excessive amount to hold up under. In these cases, we may keep away from the test through and through and continue down a similar way we were on. We concoct some rationalization to ourselves with the goal that we can remain in our customary range of familiarity.

In any case, in all actuality remaining in your customary range of familiarity especially when you do as such out of dread isn’t in every case precisely agreeable. By maintaining a strategic distance from difficulties, we don’t have the chances to find out about ourselves. We feel caught as though we were driving a real existence that isn’t consistent with ourselves. We are tormented by uneasiness, nervousness, and the niggling sense that things are not exactly right.

There are times and places when we should maintain a strategic distance from a test for good, practical reasons. The issue comes, be that as it may, when we don’t perceive that we are rationalizing. Maybe, where it counts, we are scared of what other individuals may state and of what we may find out about ourselves. In any case, rather than recognizing that, we disclose to ourselves that currently is certifiably not a decent time, or this isn’t the correct chance. As a general rule, it is our dread talking.

To lead a true life, we have to take on new difficulties that stretch us and give us more chances to act naturally. It isn’t that the real individual doesn’t feel a similar dread; rather, they are basically all the more ready to confront their dread.

Individuals won’t let their way in life be directed by what others think. They are available to new encounters and appreciate the difficulties of finding out about themselves, yet they realize that it resembles crossing a waterway on venturing stones, there is consistently the plausibility of getting wet.

Life challenges are overwhelming and you can’t seem to get everything on track no matter how hard you try. Getting through any challenge takes a lot of effort. So, it’s amazing to see people whose life is running smoothly despite the difficulties that life offers.

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Opening photo via Paramount Pictures

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