A Few Thoughts on Troubles


1. Troubles are common to everybody. We shouldn't be so surprised when they come. Often, a
problem arises and people freak out. "Oh my goodness! This is just awful! What am I going to
do? Why did this happen to me?" Instead of being shocked when the difficulties come, expect
them. A trouble free day is exception rather than the rule.

2. You can't choose whether or not to have troubles. (They come to everybody.) You can't
choose when they come (They always seem to come at the wrong time.) -- but you can choose
how you are going to react to them.

3. If you remain open-hearted, you will grow through your troubles. If you close down
emotionally, the hard times will make you bitter.

4. You do not have to face your troubles alone. God promised to be a present help in the hour of
trouble -- Can you think of anyone better to have beside you when you face life's problems?

5. Troubles are never neutral -- If they don't do you good, they'll do you harm. You can mine
them, or waste them. The choice is yours.

6. Troubles are like babies -- They grow larger by nursing!

7. Troubles don't seem so bad when you maintain your sense of humor.

8. The "school of hard knocks" provides wonderful learning opportunities!

9. Troubles are seldom solved by procrastination.

10. "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level at which we created
them." Albert Einstein

11. Many troubles can be avoided by looking ahead. Remember the 5-P Principle "Prior
Planning Prevents Poor Performance."

12. Remember, there is always somebody worse off than you. Socrates said, "If all our
misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most
people would be contented to take their own and depart."

13. "Have you got a problem? Do what you can where you are with what you've got." Teddy
Roosevelt.

14. "Just take things as they come and handle them the best you can." Robert Frost

An anonymous poet penned the following message of hope in adversity,
"The Hard Way."
For every hill I've had to climb,
For every stone that bruised my feet,
For all the blood and sweat and grime,
For blinding storms and burning heat,
My heart sings but a grateful song -
These were the things that made me strong!

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