Sooner or later all of us need to find ways of Getting Through Challenging Times! It’s never easy and seemingly difficult to prepare for in advance, too. Because honestly, who wants to be thinking about challenging times when things are going okay? Still, I have found this short collection helpful at various times. You might use these nuggets as little reminders of different ways of looking at and possibly dealing with difficult days. I Hope this is selection proves useful. Thanks for visiting, and as always, I enjoy receiving your favorite quotes on this topic also.
I have also included a few “field-tested” resources that provide support and education for people who find themselves dealing with challenging days on a regular basis. It’s important to remember that while everyone occasionally deals with difficult days, if everyday feels difficult or challenging for you then it may be time to seek professional help.
Getting Through Challenging Times
Catastrophe is the essence of the spiritual path, a series of breakdowns allowing us to discover the threads that weave all of life into a whole cloth.
– RoshiI Joan Halifax
Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken.
– Bondei Proverb
When the bridge is gone, the narrowest plank becomes precious.
– Hungarian Proverb
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.
– Thomas Merton
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
May we never forget the crippled, wind-beaten trees, how they, too, bud, green and bloom. May we, too, take courage to bloom where we are planted.
– Br. David Steindl-Rast
There’s nothing “ordinary” about decency, courage under fire, compassion, tenacity, lion-heartedness, and that is what is being called forth in a moment – a deeply mythic moment – like this.
– Dr. Martin Shaw
When there’s a disappointment, I don’t know if it’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure.
– Pema Chodron
We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them.
– Simone Weil
Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
– Rabindranath Tagore
Every flower must grow through dirt.
There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.
– Parker Palmer
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of yoga.
– Swami Kripalvanandji
Everyone gets their rough day. No one gets a free ride. Today, so far, I had a good day. I got a dial tone.
– Rodney Dangerfield
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
– Albert Einstein
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
– Isak Dinesen
Bless your uneasiness as a sign that there is still life in you.
– Dag Hammarskjold
I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.
– Ani DiFranco
Walking my woods, I see every tree, every sprig of jewelweed, every salamander, and yes, every snake trying to hold on in a paved world, and I’m reminded exactly what hard work survival is.
– Dana Wildsmith
I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.
– Desmond Tutu
Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
It may be that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.
– Wendell Berry
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s that knife-edge of uncertainty where we come alive to our truest power.
– Joanna Macy
The burden which is well borne becomes light.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
– Charles Swindoll
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
– Julian of Norwich
The real challenge is not simply to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It’s to survive as yourself, undiminished.
The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time and Patience.
– Leo Tolstoy
Resources for Getting through challenging times
When the bridge is out the narrowest plank becomes precious. A reflection on this Hungarian Proverb by yours truly.
Tiny Buddha: 9 Guidelines to Get Through Challenging Times. A great, simple and straight forward approach for Getting Through Challenging Times. The Tiny Buddha Web site itself is a good resource worth bookmarking for many other reasons too. Some of their material seems “light-duty,” however, but that might be just me as the site is very popular.
The Samaritans: If you find yourself wanting to give up… reach for help here, they can help. You can feel better.
99u: How to deal when you’re disappointed in yourself, by Allison Staad, is a terrific article that relates to us all sooner or later. I included it here as a resource because sometimes how we feel about ourselves contributes directly to what we experience as challenging times. 99u is itself a terrific site, primarily geared for tech-types, gear-heads, etc, (my view anyway) but they also offer interesting and refreshing articles and videos on a wide range of different topics too. Sometimes it’s hard to find truly new material on the Web, and 99u does it consistently.
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