Tender Thoughts for Tough Times

two-women-joy-and-sorrowWhen life seems as arbitrary as a coin flip, remember that even if you cannot make heads or tails out of what is in front of you, your job is to search for the golden nugget of divine wisdom that always lies just beneath the details.

How we feel about a challenge depends completely on how we choose to look at it. We can call upon the best in us, or let it get the best of us.

Motivational pioneer Dale Carnegie observed that when we have identified and accepted the worst that can happen in a given situation, we have nothing more to lose, which automatically means that we have everything to gain.

It is always in our power to reframe a hardship so that we instantly transition from fearing the worst to expecting the best.

Walking a spiritual path does not grant us immunity from suffering. While actively seeking wisdom may help us avoid certain crises, we cannot know the karmic debts we have accrued in life’s ledger.

As we move toward enlightenment, the nature of our sufferings will shift, but we will suffer nonetheless.

Do not fear suffering. The more you try to shield yourself from it, the smaller your world becomes and the further you distance yourself from the rich, full life that was yours for the taking.

At its worst, your suffering may seem intolerable. Do not lose heart. The human spirit is imbued with more power to overcome than you have troubles to overcome.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
 Kahlil Gibran


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6 Responses to “Tender Thoughts for Tough Times”

  1. Mrs.Flam Says:

    Those word that belong to Khalil have shaped and molded my life so deeply.
    I have had a life so hard that most people wouln’t belive me if i told it to them.
    Yet I know that every bad situation carried a good one on its tail. The hope in knowing that keeps me going forward without dwelling on the past.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I am sorry that you have lived such a hard life, Mrs Flam. I just posted this quote on twitter, which you may find meaningful:

    Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
    Rainer Maria Rilke

    May the rest of your life bring you peace and joy!

  3. Mrs.Flam Says:

    Thank you for your kind re:
    I am not sorry my life although for Khalil makes an excellent point in the same chapter

    The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

    I had to endure pain before I could ever understand or embrace what true happiness is.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Agreed, but unfortunately, some of us have to endure more pain than others. I hope that part of your life is over.

  5. Tony Says:

    Someone said, “the stars are the brightest when the night is the darkest.”

    There was an Indian guru who threw rocks at his disciples when they didn’t behave. Most of them left, but a few picked up the rocks tenderly and discovered that they turned into a nugget of gold.

    That Indian guru is omnipresent. It’s life! If we know how to look for it we will discover a hidden blessing behind every rock that life throws at us.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I like that story, Tony. Thanks for sharing it!

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