- Sir Walter Raleigh, after getting in deep doo-doo with the queen, spent 13 years in prison. How did he spend his time? He wrote The History of the World.
- Beethoven composed his greatest music after he went deaf.
- The poet Dante worked--and died--in exile.
- Daniel DeFoe wrote Robinson Crusoe while in prison.
- Pilgrim's Progress was penned by John Bunyan during his imprisonment in Bedford Jail.
- He was too poor to buy paper so he used scraps of leather. That's how MIguel de Cervantes managed to produce Don Quixote while jailed in Madrid.
At times, we all feel as if we're being sentenced to something. So, we have a choice: Do we lament what is happening in our life or do we live the life we've been given?
The nature of our character and our legacy is built on that decision.