Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do
(Overcoming Obstacles, Adversities And Discouragement)
By Rick Gettle © 2003
How would you like to see a permanent end to all of your problems?
We all have problems – and our problems only end - when we do. The only people without problems are in cemetery. I’d like to stick around – problems and all. How about you?
No matter what problems we have to face today, there is a solution, because we have nothing to deal with but our own thoughts. As long as we think that our destiny is in hands of other people, situation is hopeless. We need to confront our problems with courage, boldness and action.
There’s an old Chinese saying that goes, “If you live with a problem long enough, it could eventually become a blessing.” Within every adversity in life, there is always a seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. We have to look for it - find it - and act on it.
We learn courage - when we face danger. We learn patience - when we endure suffering. We learn tenderness - when we taste pain. We learn to prize true friends – when false ones forsake us. We treasure health - when illness strikes. We learn to prize freedom - when we are in danger of losing it. Without trouble we would be like plants that have sprouted, grown, and been nurtured in overprotected shelter of a hothouse -- too tender ever to live in open.
How can we possibly become a strong person, if we have an easy life? The tougher it is, tougher we have a chance to become – if we choose to fight back. Tough times never last – but tough people do.
When you see a highly decorated military person all dressed up with rows of battle ribbons and awards on their chest, you are looking at someone who courageously faced and conquered danger, hardships, adversities, problems, life-threatening situations, torture, injury, and heartbreak, watching their buddies die terrible deaths. These people had fortitude - ability to endure and last. They wouldn’t quit, give up or run away. Yes there were times, I’m sure they knew, when they bit off more than they could chew, but through it all when there was doubt – they ate it up – and spit it out – records show – they took blows – and did it their way.