Encouraging Quotes and Advice On Dealing with Tough Times

Here are some encouraging quotes along with some further thoughts and advice.

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

Don’t let the simplicity of this quote fool you. If you actually apply it to the important things in your life, you’ll do far better in life than if you didn’t. The arbitrary numbers used isn’t important. You could fall 100 times but as long as you get up just one time more than you fall, it will mean whatever dream you’re pursuing is important enough for you to stand up for it.

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” – Latin Proverb

Sometimes, luck will be on your side. You could do very little and still have things fall into place in your favor. Then there are those other times when things continually go wrong. Progress will seem like an uphill battle and things just simply won’t fall into place. During these times, you just have to roll up your sleeves and get to work. If life won’t throw you a bone, you go hunting for one.

“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

The rain that ruins your parade, the crash in the stock markets, the decline in the economy and job market, and the millions of other things that can go wrong that are out of your control are the 10 percent of what happens to you.

How your life will turn out will largely be based not on the uncontrollable circumstances and events that occur in your life but what you do after those things happen. Why? It’s because those things happen to pretty much all of us. It’s how well you can roll with life’s punches that will determine the quality of the life you get to live and experience.

“This too shall pass.”

Good times, bad times, it doesn’t matter; all things will eventually come to an end. Life is a cycle; there are always going to be ups and downs. No matter how bad things are at the moment, it will pass. This doesn’t necessarily mean things will become good but it will at least become better.

For many people, death is the ultimate “bad” but even dying is an improvement over everything you have to deal with the moment before it happens. Besides, no one knows for sure what lies beyond life. Death could just be yet another part of the cycle and if you can mentally handle the fact that you will die one day, you can handle anything.

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” – William Ellery Channing

Without challenges in life, we won’t have many reasons to grow. Without growth, there won’t be any excitement. Without excitement, happiness will lose its appeal. Without happiness, life would be a pain.

Embrace the challenges in your life. Learn from them; grow from them. For most people, the turning points in their life sprung out of moments of great difficulties.

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