And find hope in difficult times
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Quotes are pearls of wisdom. They are a succinct way of capturing important life lessons in a manner that is easy to understand.
No other aspect of our lives do we need this wisdom more than in dealing with our everyday challenges.
Life is full of bumps and potholes. We can’t escape them no matter how hard we try. What each of us needs is the encouragement to face challenges and wisdom to deal with and recover from setbacks.
Here are 5 quotes that I have found to fill me with a lot of belief and ability over hard times.
“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo — far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”
This quote from Jody Picoult is like a pill. It’s not just soothing, but it also illustrates the incredible inner power we all have to face up to any challenge and bounce back from it.
There is what’s called the human spirit. It’s so flexible that it can bend yet strong that it’s unbreakable.
It’s like bamboo — a plant well known for its resilience. Try to break a large bamboo cane in two, and it is impossible. In fact, bamboo’s tensile strength is stronger than steel.
Similarly, hard times come to us all. It may be losing a job, battling an illness, a business failure, or losing a loved one. Despite these, you have within you the human spirit to not only stay unbowed but to get up and move forward.
It’s this inner power that propels you to look forward and not dwell on your problems, feel victimized, become overwhelmed, or turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, or risky behaviors.
If you’re going through a difficult, never forget that you have everything it takes to bounce back because even though the situation may bend you over, it can never break you.
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou
None of us is immune from the vagaries of life. Pain, disappointments, and suffering are an unavoidable part of everyday experiences. We all have our backstories.
At 26, I had a terrible car accident that nearly took my life. My right hand, from my elbow joint downward, was badly damaged and nearly got amputated.
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I have huge scars. I live with the pain daily, doing my everyday tasks with my left hand. So, I can say the experience changed me because I can’t do most things for myself.
But I choose how I experience my life. I decide whether what happens to me can reduce or inspire me.
The point is this:¹ No matter the pain, failures, rejections, and setbacks, you’re the only one who decides those experiences will impact your life and how you’re going to respond to them.
Will you become bitter and resentful?
Will you lose your self-esteem and zest?
Will you use what happened as a stepping stone and choose to be happy despite it?
As Maya Angelou rightly said, even though hard times may leave you emaciated, weak, and frail, you can choose never to be reduced by them. You should never become anything less than your authentic self.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”
After going through some of the most difficult experiences in life, this quote by Lena Horne captures why she survived it all.
Life is full of challenges. We battle it out every single day trying to survive and do the best we can. But it’s often not the experiences themselves, no matter how terrible and heartbreaking, that impact our lives. Instead, it’s the way we carry them.
It’s how you interpret your challenges, the meaning you give to what’s going on in your life, and your perspective on it all — that’s what determines what you do and how you bounce back.
You will find no redemption if you believe your condition can only get worse and is about to ruin you, regardless of who wants to help you.
Nothing can break you if you approach difficult times with thankfulness and confidence in your ability to go through them and be better as a result.
“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” — Doe Zantamata
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is perhaps the most decorated basketball player in history. He was a four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, including winning two Olympic golds, and was twice named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. For more than a decade, he was the face of the NBA.
You would think Jordan became the best in the world without facing any obstacles. But you would be mistaken.
Jordan faced many obstacles.
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.”
But he couldn’t let his slip-ups, failures, and setbacks stop him.
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. Everybody has them. What makes the difference is your ability to figure out a way out of it.
“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” — Gregory S. Williams
Nothing feels like overcoming your challenges. Nothing feels like achieving something you set out to do.
When you set a goal and commit everything you have to achieve, you build a strong belief in yourself and your ability despite challenges.
Self-belief is essential to overcoming your challenges. If you don’t think you do something, you’re never going to take a step forward.
It’s the belief that you did it before and can do it again that imbues you with confidence and pushes you forward.
Confidence isn’t the absence of fear. It is knowing that achieving your goals and getting to where you want won’t be an easy ride but you know in your heart you have what it takes to pull through.
So when you’re going through a storm, keep in mind in the end it will only make you stronger and build your confidence to become a stronger sailor.
CONTRIBUTED BY Victor Mong
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