Posts Tagged ‘difficulties’

The Ghosts of Difficulties Past

September 2, 2011



Fear relaxes its hold on you when, in the midst of crisis, you can look beyond the pain of the moment and think, There is value in this.

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Ralph Waldo Emerson





Summon the courage to look squarely at the challenge in front of you, lest (more…)

Greater and Greater Things

August 15, 2011






Do not fear adversity. Every squall you are forced to navigate better prepares you for the next storm brewing just over the horizon.

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
African proverb







Indeed, it may be advantageous to find yourself adrift in (more…)

Two WIngs to Fly

August 14, 2011


Every tussle with adversity is designed to further buff the perfectly formed diamond of your soul.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?
Rumi

An athlete elevates his game not by practice alone, but by competing against stronger opponents.

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Edmund Burke



Embrace your inner David and (more…)

Summon the Hero Within

August 13, 2011





Celebrate the difficult moments, for they are where the missing pieces of your greatness can be found.

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
Charles (Tremendous) Jones






Greeting every challenge as a character-building exercise (more…)

Every Cloud Is an Angel’s Face

August 3, 2011




By definition, the circle of life demands that we experience the full range of what this life has to offer. Adversity is an integral part of the natural order of things. No one escapes its bittersweet embrace.



To round itself out, life calls not for perfection but for completeness; and for this the “thorn in the flesh” is needed, the suffering of defects without which there is no progress and no ascent.
Carl Jung

While you cannot prevent adversity from knocking on your door, you can prepare for its arrival by (more…)

God’s Megaphone

July 30, 2011



Odds are that your search for deeper meaning and purpose did not kick into overdrive until a crisis turned your world inside out and upside down.



God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
C. S. Lewis

As awareness grows, you realize that adversity may be a signal that what (more…)


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