“Times of calamity and distress have always been producers of the greatest men. The hardest steel is produced from the hottest fire; the brightest star shreds the darkest night.” ~ Andy Andrews, The Traveler’s Gift
“The things that hurt us teach us.” ~ Author Unknown
“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ~ Kenji Miyazawa
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~ Dolly Parton
“I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things, sorrow, misfortune, and suffering, are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key.” ~ Charles Fletcher Lummis
“Regardless of what is going on around you, make the best of what is in your power, and take the rest as it occurs.” ~ Epictetus
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
“We need to regularly stop and take stock; to sit down and determine within ourselves which things are worth valuing and which things are not; which risks are worth the cost and which are not. Even the most confusing or hurtful aspects of life can be made more tolerable by clear seeing and by choice.” ~ Epictetus
“When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
“He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow.
I am diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am gentle autumnal rain.
When you waken in the morning hush.
I am the soft uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry –
I am not there. I did not die.
“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“We can’t escape pain; we can’t escape the essential nature of our lives. But we do have a choice. We can give in and relent, or we can fight, persevere, and crete a life worth living, a noble life. Pain is a fact; our evaluation of it is a choice.” ~ Jacob Held
“The trick is to realize that after giving your best, there’s nothing more to give… Win or lose the game is finished. It’s over. It’s time to forget and prepare for the next one.” ~ Sparky Anderson