(Guest Blogger Talya Steinberg, Psy.D)
As a woman who has accomplished such prestige and power in her career, United States Senator Olympia Stone is worthy of great veneration. However, to learn about the adversities that she has overcome to get there makes her story all the more inspiring.
In her recent column in The New York Times, Ms. Snow recounted how her immigrant parents died before she was 10 years old and she was raised by her aunt who struggled on her own to support Ms. Snow and her five cousins. Well-acquainted with the virtues of hard work through hardships, Ms. Snow dreamed of making her way up the ranks into Washington one day and improving the lives of others. She majored in political science, married a man in the Maine House of Representatives, and worked in local politics in Maine. Her life was going well, albeit different from her original dreams of going to Washington, when tragedy struck again. At the young age of 26 her husband was killed unexpectedly in a car accident.
Ms. Snow’s story is a testament to how some people now only cope with adversity, but actually find meaning and purpose through it. According to Ms. Snow, she realized early on that it was her choice whether to become overwhelmed by tragedies or learn from them, and she knew that by having choice, she had power. She viewed setbacks as temporary, not permanent, and had an enduring sense of faith. Finally, she had family and strong social support.