Getting Through Tough Times

One of my readers wrote to say he was discouraged by the bad breaks he has had to endure and that he was giving up.

The Dalai Lama says that life is full of sorrow and that pain is transformational.

It is and out of bad comes good, but what to do in the meantime?  Let’s go to the videotape:

Alexander Graham Bell failed over and over again in his quest to invent what became the telephone.  He advised:  “Sometimes we stare so long at the door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open”.

Walt Disney was a dreamer who had to move heaven and earth (literally) to develop Disneyland and Disney World.  How did he get through it?  “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you”.

Christopher Reeve was the handsome actor in Superman who became crippled after falling from a horse.  He could have thrown in the towel but this is what he said instead:  “We can either watch life from the sidelines, or actively participate … Either we let self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy prevent us from realizing our potential, or embrace the fact that when we turn our attention away from ourselves, our potential is limitless”.

There is no escaping hard times but hanging on long enough to reap the reward is the key thought to never forget. 

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

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