Monday, January 11, 2010


We all want to go through life without burden, pain or heartache but it is through those circumstances that we learn the most about life. Everyday can't be a bed of roses but what we should want most is the strength to face these circumstances head on. “I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”

“Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.”

"Close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’ are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are." "View every problem as an opportunity." "Always remember that problems contain values that have improvement potential." April showers bring May flowers. Some unpleasant occurrences bring about better things."

Believe it or not, big problems are a source of great joy, not great suffering. Because every time you resolve a new problem, you get great value. This value is shown as more self-esteem, more courage, wisdom, confidence, self-discipline... Your whole being grows and develops. So, next time when a new problem comes, you are stronger, and you solve it better. Every problem is a challenge that makes you stronger.

Personal growth requires balance as much as it demands passion. The path to happiness should be first drawn with charcoals and then brought to life with oil colours. As we walk, we learn. Mistakes are inescapable as we sometimes take the wrong turn of the road. Nobody possesses the ability to make all the correct choices.

Indeed, don't worry if you have problems. But many insist this is easy to say until you are in the midst of a really big one. I know, but you have to persevere. Think of it deeply, the only people I am aware of who don't have problems or troubles are gathered in little neighborhoods. Most communities have at least one. We call them cemeteries.

Consequently, as long and until you will have your last breath in this world, you will always encounter problems and difficulties because it is a part of our human make up.

They tell the following story about the Great Barrier Reef, stretching some 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia. Tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef. On one tour, the guide was asked an interesting question.

"I notice that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colorful," a traveler observed. "Why is this?"

The guide gave an interesting answer: "The coral around the lagoon side is in still water. With no challenge for its survival, it dies early. The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, storms - surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of its life. As it is challenged and tested, it changes and adapts. It grows healthy and strong.

Then he added this telling note: That's the way it is with every living organism. That is how it is with people. Challenged and tested, we come alive. Like coral, which are continuously pounded by the sea, we grow.

Physical demands can cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing can produce strength of character and faithfulness. So, you have problems - no problem, just tell yourself, "There I Grow Again."

You need to take the bull by the horns and ride it until you fall off and when you do, don't forget to get back up because the ride isn't over yet. Only when you have made it through the situation with all the bruises will you attain more strength to face whatever else comes your way. So instead of running from the situation face it; it will only make you stronger.

One of the most damaging choices a person can make is to give up too soon when faced with a problem or failure. Let’s have a Code of Honor among ourselves not to give up when we still have something to give. When push comes to shove, we must tell ourselves “Nothing is really over until the moment we stop trying.”

So let’s stick to the fight moreso when we are hardest hit because it's when things seem worst that we mustn't quit.

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