how I learnt

the most difficult hardships
the most toxic relationships
have taught me far more
than those who loved me kindly

adversity made me dig deeper
I became more sensitive
to others pain and intolerance
inner strength became my solace

without trials and tribulations
it’s easy to remain superficial
oblivious of our inner strength
hardship provokes real growth

had to learn more skilful ways
to cope with nasty torment
realised they were troubled souls
insecure jealous, needy to vent

for those who’ve looked within
have nurtured their soul/ spirit
connected with their kind charm
they have zero reason to harm

patience and tolerance grow
for I am the seeds I sow
anger and fear recede
no need to blunder and bleed

so take any hardship
as an invaluable lesson
sent to light your way
listen learn then play

here is a man who learnt to do just that!
His lesson was far more harsh than mine …
this is truly an inspiring talk, 14 minutes you can’t afford to miss!


  1. A friend used to tell me that we are all tested because we have the power to tolerate and emerging from that dark void we become stronger and better. Ain’t that true, the harder lessons always leave an impact and make us tougher and better.

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  2. This reminds me of a story about a man who planted a tree. His neighbor also planted a tree. The neighbor propped up, fertilized, wrapped the trunk and protected his tree. The neighbor wondered why the man would go out and beat his rugs over the tree, lash it with a rope. In time both trees grew. A storm came and the neighbor’s tree was pulled out of the ground and the branches snapped. The other tree had deep roots and was strong but able to bend. It survived. When the neighbor asked the man how his tree was unharmed the answer was that his tree had learned through adversity while the broken tree never had been tested. We are so much like those trees.

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  3. As always kate …you inspired me.
    And the talk of Eduardo is truly inspirational as well…it hit me when he said “the spark the human hearbeat is the birthplace of happiness, that rhythmic beat below your finger tips is the greatest gift, life and surely that alone is a reason to smile”

    So beautiful and profound

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  4. Wonderful post…poem and Eduardo’s talk! 🙂
    In the documentary he talks about how he felt so helpless in the hospital, unable to move or do anything, so he found his purpose in smiling and trying to bring joy to everyone who entered his room trying to meet his needs.
    He expresses it much better than I just tried to.
    But I thought it so beautiful that he found a positive purpose even when his life was so scary and painful and uncertain.
    (((HUGS))) ❤

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  5. This brought me to tears. Thanks Kate! I don’t think it’s necessarily worth it, but yes, we can learn from everything…
    Love, light, and glitter


  6. Thanks for sharing this TEDx talk, Kate … the message resonated with me when I first saw it a couple of years ago, and now even more so. Thank you for sharing it again …

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