My son recently told me this story about his paternal grandfather, who was returning home to England after a short trip.

Seems the elderly gentleman had a bag of pomegranates in hand when he passed through Security at London’s Heathrow Airport.

“You can’t bring fruit into the country” he was told.

He couldn’t bear the thought of having to part with his beloved fruit, but knew he didn’t have a choice. He felt defeated.

Then suddenly he had an idea.

“I want to eat them”, he said, “Is there a place where I could sit?”

The security officer directed him to a chair. The grandfather sat down and proceeded to eat the pomegranates.

This struck me as particularly funny because he had a total of 20 pomegranates!

Plus, he is a man of very slight build, who gives the impression that a gust of wind might blow him over.

Yet, he sat there and ate the pomegranates.

All twenty of them.

I had to admire his tenacity.

It seems that when faced with adversity there are two basic personality types. There are those that simply give up and throw in the towel.

Then there are those who get creative.

In a given week, each of us has any number of challenges to deal with. This time of year, we have the added frenzy of holiday shopping, cooking and baking, and making our homes suitably festive.

Sometimes our To Do Lists seem daunting indeed!

But then we get creative.

Me – I’m all for hiring outside help, especially if I’m struggling to figure something out on my own or tackle an activity I simply don’t enjoy.

That’s when I might turn to an accountant to handle my taxes.

Or a gardener to assist with yardwork. Maybe you’ve hired a caregiver to assist with an elderly parent?

Or, perhaps you’ve taken on a home improvement project that has pushed you into a state of overwhelm? What steps could you take to make your life easier?

My design work challenges me to be creative.

How about you? How do you handle a challenge? Do you handle adversity with flair?