This week we will dare to briefly determine a definition for the term OVERCOME. OVERCOME as defined by Merriam-Webster simply means; to get the better of or surmount. As a young man I was not instructed in the resolution of most situations, only given the hindsight resolutions. The problem with hindsight instructions is that they only provide assistance for the next encounter. Often times when I needed to OVERCOME I had to muster up the strength to endure the issue and only after gaining the courage to push past the pain, pressure, or speculation of others did I find what was required to OVERCOME. The ART of overcoming involves beating my own fears into submission. Moreover, it is made perfect when the need to has long since passed. I was in my first and only enlistment in US Army and training to become a mighty paratrooper and when faced with my first jump I found myself nervous beyond compare. I looked around and there were others faced with the same dilemma talking nervously or quietly pondering if this was the last day of their lives.
I decided that if this was it, that I was going to face it with boldness. The fear was very real but I was going to control me in the midst of the fear thereby controlling how the fear would impact me. The antonym to OVERCOME is DEFEAT and in most occasions it is also the antecedent. In order to OVERCOME a situation sometimes we might become a victim for a moment, but a spark or a need arises that prompts us or simply put we reach the very end of our tolerance.
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